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Meet on sustainable development goals

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 3 - Speakers who took part in two consultations on policy and practice-related dialogues on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lauded the initiatives taken by the Assam government regarding implementation of SDGs.

The meets were organised by the Centre for Environment, Social and Policy Research (CESPR) and the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) at Guwahati and Tezpur recently.

Assam is the first State to adopt SDGs through government notification, which was adopted on January 1, 2016, a press release said.

At the Guwahati Consultation on May 29, which was organised in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Development Goals (CSDG) of the Assam government, Dr RM Dubey of CSDG said it was a global prospective, and that after getting information from the people, it was concluded that the SDGs model was nothing but a framework of development.

�When we talk about SDGs, it's about the welfare of marginalised people. One of the main motives of SDGs is that no one should be left behind,� he stated.

Praising Dubey and the CSDGs, Nafisa Goga D'Souza, convenor of INECC, referred to Assam�s role in engaging the SDG framework.

Nivedita Barthakur of IL&FS put stress on skill development and said it was the need of the hour. Amiya Kumar Sarma of RGVN spoke on Assam's high-risk status in terms of livelihoods and also in terms of its disaster vulnerability.

On gender issues, Sunita Seshadri of the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development said there were positive changes as more women had embraced non-traditional professions, and also there had been a growth in women-related organisations. Chayanika Konwar of the National Mission for Empowerment of Women said steps should be taken to make women aware of various laws.

Manisha Choudhury, a researcher on nutrition, said Assam had more than one million undernourished children and the institutional delivery was more than 75 per cent.

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