Sustainable Development | In 1968 the ecologist and philosopher Garret Hardin wrote an essay entitled the tragedy of the commons. He argued that if individuals act independently, rationally and focused on pursuing their individual interests, they’d end up going against the common interests of their communities and exhaust the planet’s natural resources.
In 1987, the Brundtland report, also known as “Our Common Future“, gave the most recognized and widely accepted definition of the term.
“Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”UN World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)
The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. The SDG’s are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. Read More
India has been a strong proponent of the SDGs and has been leading discussions on critical issues such as poverty, south-south cooperation and climate justice, at the global level.
The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is responsible for developing and maintaining the National Indicator Framework (NIF) which will help in monitoring the progress of the SDGs and associated targets.
Statistical indicators of NIF is the backbone of monitoring of SDGs at the national and state level and aims to measure the outcomes of the policies to achieve the targets under different SDGs.
SDG India Index 2019-20
The SDG India Index 2019-20, developed by NITI Aayog, was launched on December 30th, 2019.
The Index has been constructed spanning across 16 out of 17 SDGs with a qualitative assessment on SDG 17. It tracks the progress of all the States and Union Territories (UTs) on a set of 100 National Indicators derived from the National Indicator Framework, measuring their progress on the outcomes of interventions and schemes of the Government of India.
Articles on Sustainable Development:
- NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index 2020 –21
- Sustainable Development in Coal Sector in India
- World Sustainable Development Summit 2021
- Economic Survey 2021 Sustainability, SDG & Climate Change
- Food Sustainability Index (FSI): 2018
- Reasons for buying an electric two-wheeler
- How minerals and metals companies can help achieve sustainable development
- Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy Released
- Budget 2019-20: Highlights from Sustainability Perspective
- Triple Bottom Line approach