GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - A delegation of five senior government officials from Haryana, facilitated by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited Assam from August 10 to 12 to learn the experience of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation in the State. The delegation was led by the Secretary, Department of Finance and Planning, Haryana Government.
During the two-day visit, the delegation interacted with officials of the SDGs Centre, Departments of Transformation and Development, Finance, Health and Education to understand the SDGs initiative being carried out in Assam.
Some of the key areas of interest for the Haryana delegation were on the process for three-year action plans and seven-year strategic plans along with how to go about outcome-based budgeting process. The process and practical steps on how to go about translating the SDG vision into outcome budgeting was a key learning.
In line with Assam, the government of Haryana is also planning to set up SDGs centre. The delegation wanted to see the working of SDG centres and understand how to monitor SDG plans and targets through online dashboards etc.
The Government of Assam is developing a monitoring framework for SDGs with the support of UNDP and UNICEF. The process of developing the monitoring tools and the practical tools used to monitor at the department and at the district level was also shared with the Haryana delegation.
The delegation also met the Chief Secretary, VK Pipersenia, and thanked him for accepting Haryana�s request for the study tour.
Assam is the first State to adopt SDGs and bring out the vision document � �Assam 2030: Our Dream, Our Commitment�.
SDGs were universally adopted in January 2016 as a call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 goals which are to be achieved by 2030 were designed based on the learning from Millennium Development Goals, through a global consultative process, to include many more new areas of focus such as climate change, sustainable consumption, peace and justice and innovation, among many other key areas.
The SDGs are based on the principle of forging partnerships and setting clear guidelines to achieving these targets as per the needs of each region. To take forward the SDGs in Assam, the Centre for Sustainable Development Goals (CSDGs) was established by Government of Assam.