Research and Information System for Developing Countries(RIS), in collaboration with NITI Aayog and with support from the UN in India, is spearheading a programme of consultations among lawmakers, policymakers, academia, private sector and the civil society in India on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure maximum awareness and participation at an early date towards drawing up a roadmap for the implementation of relevant targets in India as enshrined in this agenda. RIS is also collaborating with key international think tanks and organisations in India on specific issues related to the SDGs to strengthen knowledge partnerships.
Under this work programme, in its first phase, RIS organised a series of Consultations on SDGs in India ahead of the formal adoption of the Post 2015 Development Agenda in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. Two consultations were organised on financing for development, prior to the UN mandated Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that preceded the adoption of the SDGs. The first consultation was organised in New Delhi on 8 July 2015 and another at Addis Ababa on 14 July 2015 as a side event on the sidelines of the FfD3. Following these meetings a media interaction on the outcome and India’s position at the FfD3 was organised in New Delhi. These meetings were attended by members of the official Indian delegation including Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Jayant Sinha and senior bureaucrats from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. A larger High Level National Conference on the SDGs was organised in partnership with NITI Aayog in September 2015 in New Delhi. Finally, RIS organised high level panel discussions at the UN Headquarters in New York and the New York University in September 2015, alongside the UN General Assembly that formally adopted the SDGs to explore issues around Southern perspectives and the global institutional architecture (on economics, technology and environment).
In 2016, RIS shall intensify the discourse around the social and economic dimensions of the SDGs and shall deepen the engagement on means of implementation of the SDGs covering global, national and sub-national issues. Regional consultations involving the principal actors at the level of the states, including the governments, would be undertaken to ensure ownership of the SDGs in coherence with national and state level welfare programmes and to promote action oriented approach towards developmental targets as enshrined in the SDGs. Special care would be taken to engage with states at both ends of the spectrum and hence strengthen national level policy understanding on cooperative federalism as an instrument to attain the SDGs. Finally, RIS would come up with a substantive publication based on position papers focussed on respective goals under the SDGs and principal cross sectoral issues like finance and technology. ( For further details please contact Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi at email@example.com)