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Lecture on Sustainable Development Goals by Suraj Kumar

The International Centre Goa is organising a lecture on ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Governance Reform in India: Experiences from Indian states’ by chief mentor of Neeti Foundation, New Delhi, Suraj Kumar. He has worked in the development sector since 1993 at progressively senior levels (nearly 15 years with the UN) in design and implementation of programmes on governance, women’s leadership and human development, policy dialogue on rights-based development with governments, and UN coordination in India and South Asia. This programme will be held on January 11 at The International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.

A significant part of Kumar’s career and professional development has been in the area of human development, beginning with the Madhya Pradesh Human Development Report. His current research focuses on ‘Public Policy Instruments for Governance Reform – Lessons from State level initiatives in India’ in which he looks at the experience of the governance and HDR Projects in India and makes a case for building capacity at the grassroots level to generate demand and public pressure – so that the political will to improve governance can be sustained.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of seventeen aspirational ‘Global Goals’ with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations, through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution of September 25, 2015.

On September 25, 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. Following the adoption, UN agencies, under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group, decided to support a campaign by several independent entities, among them corporate institutions and international organisations. The Campaign, known as Project Everyone, introduced the term Global Goals and is intended to help communicate the agreed Sustainable Development Goals to a wider constituency.

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions; and partnerships for the goals.


(The lecture will be held on January 11 from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. at ICG, Dona Paula. Entry to the programme is free and open to general public. Interested participants can email their registrations to

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