The SDG 2030 and Peacebuilding Training of Youth and Civil Society Organisation Leaders in Northeast held in Imphal on Sunday-Monday emphasised that Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is the way to heal the world for the children today and tomorrow.
"SDG is the way to heal the world for your children and our children's children," Nonibala Narengbam Integrated Rural Development Service Organisation said while speaking at the event that was conducted at the Diocesan Social Service Society (DSSS) Mantripukhri, Imphal, Manipur.
The training, organised by the National Foundation for India (NFI) and co-sponsored by the European Union, witnessed the participation of 38 youth and CSO leaders from Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, a release stated.
The training aimed to impart the knowledge of historical and political development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the participants, assist them in aligning their works with SDG and help them understand the basics of development policy formulations and build awareness on SDG 2030 with various stakeholders in their respective community, the release stated.
Babloo Loitongbam of Human Rights Alert (HRA) threw light on the genesis of SDG, touching upon the development of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), while Ranjeeta Sadokpam from HRA delved deep into each of the 17 SDGs, the release stated.
It further stated that Dr Achan Mungleng helped the participants reimagine and locate their development actions in the grassroots within the global SDG framework.
Facilitating the session on 'Measuring Development: An introduction to SDG Indicators', professor Elangbam Bijoy of the department of Economic, Manipur University pointed out that internationally 169 indicators are identified to measure SDGs, but in India only 115 indicators are used and even worst in the Northeast region only 84 indicators are deployed, it stated.
Among the North-eastern states, Sikkim scores the highest percentage of change (22.4 per cent) and Manipur the least (8.47 per cent), it further stated.
The participants deliberated and devised their own ways of measuring their development actions at the grassroot in line with SDG. The participants unanimously resolved to develop their own indicators to measure their progress in achieving the SDGs, it added.