The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017 (HLPF 2017) was convened under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council at the United Nations headquarters, New York, from 10th to 20th July 2017. The HLPF is the annual Forum where member states gather and review the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Alen John, Senior Associate, VMU, participated in the HLPF as a member of the India delegation led by Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog.
In the Side Event conducted by India on 17th July, Alen presented the SDG initiatives of the State Government. His presentation touched up on the following themes:
The SDG booklet published by the Planning Department, titled “Sustainable Development Goals: Status 2017 & Way Forward” was distributed to all participants, including the panelists.
Alen was present on the dais when Dr Arvind Panagariya presented India’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) on 19th July to the HLPF. The VNR outlined India’s efforts and achievements so far in pursuing the SDGs and the way forward.
Andhra Pradesh received due attention at the HLPF 2017. The State Government’s SDG and real-time governance initiatives, specifically the CORE Dashboard and Real-time Outcome Monitoring System (ROMS), were highly appreciated by the rest of the Indian delegation, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, and international community. Many attendees of India’s Side Event requested further information on the SDG initiatives of the State Government. Many scholars and academicians, including from the University of Oklahoma, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, University of Pennsylvania, Global Ecovillage Network, and Arizona State University expressed interest in collaborations. The Yes Bank Global Institute discussed partnership in setting up an Impact Investment Fund. Discussions were conducted with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), with whom the VMU is already collaborating on estimation of Multidimensional Poverty Index for the State, on taking the collaboration to the next level. Mr Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, expressed interest in working with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in designing a real-time monitoring dashboard, along the lines of CORE Dashboard and ROMS.