Internationally 169 indicators are identified to measure SDGs. However, in India only 115 indicators are used. Only 84 indicators are deployed in the Northeast region of India. Amongst the Northeastern states, Sikkim scores the highest percentage of change (22.4) and Manipur the least (8.47).
Youth and Civil Society Organisation leaders in Northeast India have unanimously resolved to develop their own indicators to measure their progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. (SDGs).
The resolution was adopted at the end of a two-day Peace-building Training of Youth and CSCO leaders held at the Diocesan Social Service Society (DSSS) Mantripukhri, Imphal, Manipur from 6 to 7 November 2022. The participants included 38 youth and CSO leaders from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.
The training was organised by the National Foundation for India (NFl) co-sponsored by the European Union, to impart the knowledge of historical and political development of SDG, assist them align their works with SDG and help them to build understanding of the basics of development policy formulations and build awareness on SDG 2030 with various stakeholders in their respective community.
On the first day, Human Rights Alert (HRA) Executive Director Babloo Loitongbam threw light on the genesis of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and touched upon the development of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Ranjeeta Sadokpam from HRA also delved deep into each of the 17 SDGs.
Activist Achan Mungleng helped the participants re-imagine and locate their own development actions in the grassroots within the global SDG framework. Nonibala Narengbam from Integrated Rural Development Service Organisation (IRDSO) in her concluding observation on the first day stated that SDG is the way to heal the world for “your children and our children’s children”.
On the second day, facilitating the session on ‘Measuring Development: An introduction to SDG Indicators’, Prof Elangbam Bijoy of the Department of Economic, Manipur University pointed out that internationally 169 indicators are identified to measure SDGs. However, in India only 115 indicators are used and even worst in the Northeast region only 84 indicators are deployed, he said. Amongst the North-eastern states Sikkim scores the highest percentage of change (22.4) and Manipur the least (8.47), he further added.
According to a press note issued by MK Lal Gualnam of the National Foundation for India, the participants deliberated and devised their own ways of measuring development actions at the grassroots level in line with SDG. The participants also unanimously resolved to develop their own indicators to measure their progress in achieving the SDGs.