Government Urged to Set Up a “Task Force” for SDGs Monitoring

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Make Odisha Budget based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
State Level Workshop on SDGs,Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Odisha held
Bhubaneswar: Forthcoming Odisha Budget should be based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by Countries under UN Framework to which India has ratified and Odisha government urged to set up a Task Force to monitor and implement SDGs in the State, said a resolution adopted at the State Level Workshop on SDGs, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction held at Redcross Bhavan in Bhubaneswar on January 17 being organized by city based Focus Odisha Foundation and India SDGs Forum.
According to the resolution UN has proposed 17 ambitious Goals and 169 Indicators to be achieved by 2030 including eradication of extreme poverty, hunger, safe drinking water, ensuring health and hygiene, universalisation of education, protection of environment, achieving climate change targets besides peace justice, clean energy, conservation of land and biodiversity etc. Apart from SDGs under United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Paris Climate Accord is in force to be achieved by 2030 for Mitigation and Adaptation of climate challenges and seven achievable targets and four objectives have been set under Sendai (Japan) Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction which are to be achieved again by 2030 by all countries.
“ As Odisha is witnessing frequent natural disasters and climate change foot prints are seen now in the state, we need to harness innovations, use technological advancement and frame policies in line with these International framework conventions’’, said Sudarshan Chhotoray, Director of Focus Odisha Foundation and Convenor of the workshop.
He further added that though Odisha State has set an example internationally as far as Disaster Management is concerned we need to do more and bring convergence of our actions on Disaster and Climate front and it should be realigned with SDGs targets.
While speaking at the inaugural session Special Secretary to GoO Finance Department Pradeep K Biswal stressed the need for civil society cooperation. He elaborated on how Government in making special efforts to integrate SDGs targets in its programmes and policies.
Prominent among the speakers who spoke in various sessions were Advisor to the State Women,Child Development and Mission Shakti Mrs Sulata Deo, UNDP State Representative Ms Abha Mishra, Scientist from West Bengal Supratima Karmakar, President of Adhikar Md N.Amin, Health Expert Gouranga Mahapatra, Peace Ambassador Subas Panada, former Member of State Women Commission Snigdha Panigrahy etc.
The workshop witnessed presentations based on each Goals of SDGs by organizations and Individuals working on that subject
The daylong workshop was attended by experts and representatives from Odisha and West Bengal.

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