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Assam floods, SDGs, hunger, sustainable development, ORF events

Floods in Assam, August 2017


Accelerating growth and development in the SDG era

India is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and world’s progress depends a great deal on India’s progress. India plays a strong leadership role at a global level around the Sustainable Development Goals. By submitting a Voluntary National Review on seven goals, including poverty, health, hunger and nutrition as well as gender equality at the High Level Political Forum in July 2017, India has reiterated its commitment to meeting these development goals.

At the UNGA in September 2017, the SDGs will be a core agenda and a high-level participation from India is expected.

The consultation, in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is envisioned to be a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral dialogue of policy makers, discussing the interlinkages between the goals, learning from India’s own experience and innovations at the state level, and plans going forward to achieve the goals.

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Aasha Kapur Mehta, Professor, IIPA, New Delhi

Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

Anirudha Dutta, Capital Group

C.K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

David Wilson, Global Lead Decision and Delivery Science, World Bank

Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Nachiket Mor, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University

Purnima Menon, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development

Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF

Santosh Mehrotra, Professor, JNU

Soumya Swaminathan, DG, ICMR & Secretary, Department of Health Research

Sunjoy Joshi, Director, ORF

The timing of the event is from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, New Delhi