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India slides two spots to rank 117 on 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as 2030 agenda: Report | India News

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NEW DELHI: India’s ranking has dropped two places from last year to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015, according to a new report.
The State of India 2021 Environmental Report revealed that India’s ranking was 115 last year and dropped two places mainly due to major challenges such as ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2), achieving gender equality (SDG 5) and build a resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusion. and sustainable industrialization and the promotion of innovation (SDG 9) remain in the country.
India ranks below four South Asian countries: Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he said. India’s overall SDG score is 61.9 out of 100.
Crafting readiness at the state level, the report said that Jharkhand and Bihar are the least prepared to meet the SDGs by 2030, which is the target year. While Jharkhand is behind on five of the SDGs, Bihar is behind on seven.
He said the overall highest scoring states / UTs that are on track towards achieving the SDGs are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future.
There are 17 SDGs that are an urgent call to action from all countries, developed and developing, in a global partnership.
The 17 SDGs adopted by UN member states are SDG 1: no poverty, SDG 2: zero hunger, SDG 3: good health and well-being, SDG 4: quality education, SDG 5, gender equality, SDG 6, water clean and sanitation, SDG 7 – clean and affordable energy, SDG 8 – decent work and economic growth, SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure.
SDG 10: reducing inequalities, SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12: responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: climate action, SDG 14: life under water, SDG 15: life on land, SDG 16: peace , justice and strength. institutions and, finally, SDG 17: strengthen global partnerships for the goals.
The report also said that India was ranked 168th out of 180 countries in terms of Environmental Performance Index (EPI) which is calculated on various indicators, including environmental health, climate, air pollution, sanitation and drinking water, ecosystem services. , biodiversity, etc.
India’s ranking was 172 in the environmental health category, which is an indicator of how well countries are protecting their populations from environmental health risks.
According to the Yale University EPI 2020 report, India was ranked 148th, 21 positions behind Pakistan, which was ranked 127th in the biodiversity and habitat category that assesses countries’ actions to retain natural ecosystems and protect the full range of biodiversity within its borders.



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