India-UNDP Current Affairs - 2020

UN Development Programme: Telangana tops sustainable growth goals performer list

According to the United National Development Programme (UNDP), Telangana has emerged the best performing states in terms of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

It is to be noted that in December 2019, India released SDG India Index. India was the first country to release SDG index. The index was launched by NITI Aayog.


Telangana topped the UNDP ranking of Indian states based on their progress in achieving SDGs. The state of Telangana scored 82. It was followed by states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka together with a score of 72. However, Kerala followed by Himachal Pradesh lead the list.

The states have been scored based on Sustainable Development Index.


The state has improved in 8 out of 17 SDGs. It has moved from score of 75 to 82. It out performed in clean water, energy, sanitation. The state was also ranked number one in terms of Reduced Inequality. It was ranked third in Affordable and Clean Energy and fourth in climate action.

Performance of Telangana

In terms of economic growth, the state has jumped from 75% to 82%. In terms of clean water and sanitation, the state has improved from 55% to 84%. In terms of sustainable cities and communities the state has improved from 44% to 62%.

UNDP launches Accelerator Lab in New Delhi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the India chapter of its new initiative, Accelerator Lab in New Delhi. The objective behind launching lab is to address some of the most pressing issues facing India, including air pollution, through innovation. To achieve its objectives, the UNDP has also partnered with NITI Aayog ‘s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

About Accelerator Lab

The laboratory will be housed in UNDP’s office based in New Delhi. The vision behind setting up lab is to make faster progress in meeting ambitious United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

At the Accelerator Lab innovators will seek to bring in their energy together to come up with solutions for common problems facing the country. Issues that laboratory will seek to address through innovation includes:  air pollution, sustainable water management and client-resilient livelihoods.

The Indian lab will be among 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions helpful in combating both climate change as well as social inequity.