New Delhi: NITI Aayog is organising ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States’, in Guwahati, in association with the North Eastern Council, Government of Assam, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
The three-day event from 24 to 26 February, will take place in Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati and will see representations from the highest offices of all the State Governments of the North East, Central Ministries, academia, civil society and international development organizations.
The inaugural session will be presided over by Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER); Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator, India and Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog will also preside over the session. This inaugural session on the first day would be followed by technical sessions on the next two days. The valedictory address will be delivered by Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India.
The technical sessions would include sessions pertaining to SDG localisation in the northeast, economic prosperity and sustainable livelihoods, climate adaptive agriculture, health and nutrition, education, skill development and entrepreneurship, connectivity and infrastructure development & inequality and exclusion. Each of the sessions, chaired by a renowned domain specialist, are expected to take stock of progress and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the region in the aforesaid areas.
NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level. Progress in the northeast region is crucial in this decade of action for the country to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and this conclave is part of NITI Aayog’s continuous efforts towards fostering partnerships at the sub-national level. In terms of SDG localisation, the states in the region have taken major strides in integrating the Agenda 2030 framework in their developmental planning and vision documents.
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