Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) organised two national-level workshops in association with United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), Bonn, Germany, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), India and NITI Aayog on capacity building for ‘Sustainable Development Goals in India’ from February 15 – 17, 2018.
These workshops were the first of their kind in India as this was the first time that UNSSC Bonn conducted SDG training in the country. This was also the first time NITI Aayog partnered with KISS to conduct one of the largest and most comprehensive capacity building exercises and high-profile SDG event in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Hon’ble Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said, “The Government is committed to the SDG goals and has launched many schemes in that line. Localisation of SDG is a creative methodology to achieve the targets”. He expressed hope that the country will achieve the SDG goals in time. Ashok Jain, Advisor, NITI Aayog stated, “KISS is the true reflection of SDG on earth”. Patrick van Weerelt, Head, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, Bonn, said, “World community has reaffirmed the agenda 2030. Knowledge, empowerment, leadership and communication are the critical elements for SDG”. “The main objective of SDG is a hunger, poverty free, peaceful and prosperous world. KISS is doing this work for last 25 years”, elaborated Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, while informing that all the SDG are implemented in KISS.
The first workshop, Capacity Development Workshop on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, organised by UNSSC, UNV and KISS was held from February 15-16 primarily for national and international UN Volunteers in India, with the aim of gaining a perspective on SDG implementation from UN Agencies and NGOs. KISS also organised – National Workshop on Building Capacity for Localizing SDGs – in collaboration with NITI Aayog on February 16 – 17. This workshop involved participation from senior government officials from all states, planners, district level administrators, representatives from training institutions, researchers and international partners engaged with the SDG 2030 Agenda in India, with the aim of understanding capacity building requirements of different states of India. The workshop involved speeches by prominent persons such as Rahul Bose, Eminent Bollywood Actor, Social Activist & Rugby Player; B. R. Naidu, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Sashi Bhusan Behera, Minister, Finance & Excise, Govt. of Odisha; Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council in India, Prof. Anand Kumar, Retired professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Yuri Afansiev, UN Resident Coordinator, India and many senior officials of Govt. of Odisha were also present.