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Sustainable Development Goals- 2030 of UNO and India
On September 25, 2015, the World leaders of 193 nations including India adopted the 17 ambitious UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, hunger, assure gender equality, and build a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years till 2030 at the United National General Assembly.

We, Indians need to care about what all this means on the ground. There is a strong case to increase the manpower in Indian health sector. Let us correct our previous failures in millennium development goals (MDGs) 2015. We need to place on record the achievements of Indians in all MDGs with still wide disparities and imbalances in rural urban areas with migration crisis.

India has abundant work to complete the MDGs before adopting SDGs. To attract the private sector, we need to ensure good governance which means SMART administration. The basic rule of law needs to change the looks, actions and words (LAW). The aspect of financing is the hardest to bargain for SDGs.

It is pertinent to note that the new framework, "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", arrived at after months and years of intense negotiations, was adopted as world leaders, heads of global financial institutions and other dignitaries headed to the UN headquarters for its landmark 70th anniversary session.

According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the agenda is "a clarion call" to "share prosperity, empower people's livelihoods, ensure peace and heal our planet for the benefit of this and future generations".

Among the ambitious 17 goals to be adopted by the UN for the next 15 years is complete poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities and clean water and sanitation.

Officials have forecast 2015 as "a watershed year" for the UN for having reached an agreement that will "change the paradigm about development" while "leaving no one behind" and giving a boost to a global climate change accord later this year.

Pope Francis, on his maiden visit to the US, made a historic address to the General Assembly during a tour timed for the global gathering.

The much-watched week saw the likes of pop star Shakira and footballer David Beckham, both Goodwill Ambassadors of the UN Children's Fund, making appearances to preview the importance of the global goals.

The UN headquarters complex was lit up one night with colourful, massive projections of the new SDGs for all to see.

(MM Goel is senior most Professor of Economics & Editor, KU Research Journal of Arts and Humanities, Editor, Journal of Haryana Studies & Nodal Officer IPR Cell, Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Former Chairperson, Dept. of Economics & Dept. of Journalism, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He can be reached at

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