SDG Urban Index by NITI Aayog

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    • Recently, NITI Aayog under the Indo-German Cooperation releases the inaugural SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021–22.

    SDG Urban Index

    • About
      • The index and dashboard are a result of the NITI Aayog-Germany’s International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation.
      • It ranks 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators across 46 targets of the SDG framework.
      • It will further strengthen SDG localization and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level.
    • Methodology:
    • For each SDG, the urban areas are ranked on a scale of 0-100
    • A score of 100 implies that the urban area has achieved the targets set for 2030; a score of 0 implies that it is the farthest from achieving the targets among the selected urban areas.
    • Urban areas have been classified as below based on their composite score:
      • Aspirant: 0–49
      • Performer: 50–64
      • Front-Runner: 65–99
      • Achiever: 100
    • Urban Areas Performance:
      • Shimla tops the Index followed by Coimbatore and Chandigarh.
    • Significance:
      • The index highlights the strengths and gaps of ULB-level data, monitoring and reporting systems and the tools used in the index 
      • The dashboard will contribute to the creation of an ecosystem in which all stakeholders will be equipped to adopt and implement data-driven decision making.

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    Indo-German Economic Cooperation

    • About:
      • Indo-German development cooperation is a solid pillar of the Indo-German strategic partnership. Both countries are equally committed to achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs); further, they want to tackle global challenges in the fields of climate and environment.
    • Background:
      • The year 2008 marked 50 years of Indo-German development cooperation. Begun in the 1950s, development cooperation with India grew so rapidly that in a short time it became the largest recipient of German development assistance.
      • The construction of the Rourkela Steel Plant in Orissa was a hallmark of this intensive cooperation in the early 1960s. Later, both countries set up one of India’s premier educational institutions – the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. 
      • In the 1990s, development cooperation dealt with the issues of poverty reduction and social infrastructure.
    • Programme focus:
      • The Indo-German development cooperation programme focuses on the following mutually agreed on priority areas:
        • Energy 
        • Environment and Management of Natural Resources 
        • Sustainable Urban Development 

    Source: PIB