Roundtable Discussion “Putting India at the Centre of the SDG Narrative”

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The successes and the shortfalls of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have paved the way for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which has prompted the nations to update and reconfigure its priorities. The 17 SDGs and 169 targets announced at the UN General Assembly of 2015 hope to stimulate action over the next fifteen years and unanimously accept the interconnectedness between ‘people’ and ‘planet’ and the need for ‘partnerships’ to achieve ‘prosperity’.

The sustainable development goals seek to change the course of the 21st century, addressing key challenges such as poverty, hunger, health, education, decent work, climate change, clean energy, inequality, and violence against women among other things. The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.

In this context, GPPI-CPR and GHS jointly organised a roundtable discussion on “Putting India at the Centre of the SDG Narrative” on August 10, 2016, to discuss India’s role given the new goals (SDGs) and key opportunities for Parliamentarians. The discussion was led by Mr. CK Mishra, Secretary and Mission Director National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Dr. N K Arora, Executive Director, The INCLEN Trust International.

This discussion is part of a collaborative series of roundtables organized by both GPPI-CPR and GHS aimed to educate and equip political leaders for comprehensive child survival interventions for diseases that kill a large percentage of our children in the country; create awareness and utilise platforms to raise the profile of child survival.

25 current and former Members of Parliament representing both Houses participated in this discussion.