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NITI Aayog to launch SDG India Index & Dashboard 2019–20

NITI Aayog, the policy think tank of Government will launch the second edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and Dashboard 2019–20 on 30 December 2019 at NITI Aayog, New Delhi. The first edition of SDG India Index was launched in December 2018. It was the first tool developed by any large country to monitor progress towards achieving SDGs at sub-national level.

NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing adoption as well as monitoring of SDGs in India, at the national and sub-national level.

About SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019–20

The SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories (UTs) towards implementing the 2030 SDG targets. Besides indicating where the States and UTs currently are on SDG implementation, the Index and Dashboard also charts distance to be travelled to reach SDG targets.

It has been developed by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in collaboration with United Nations in India, and Global Green Growth Institute.

Index and Dashboard 2019 covers 16 out of 17 SDGs and a qualitative assessment on Goal 17. This marks an improvement over 2018 Index, which covered only 13 goals. On the basis of progress made, the Index ranks all States and UTs on 100 indicators drawn from MoSPI’s National Indicator Framework, comprising of 306 indicators.

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8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics organized in New Delhi

The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be held in New Delhi from 18-21 November 2019. It is organised by Union Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoPSI), ISI-CAS, FAO, USDA, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Eurostat, AfDB (African Development Bank), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and various other organizations. India is hosting this important conference in the field of agriculture statistics for first time. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be Chief Guest of this conference.

About 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII)

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. It is aimed at addressing various challenges faced in producing data to report on SDGs and various leading research and also to deliberate and finalize best practises in the field of agriculture statistics.

The agenda for this year’s conference covers domains of food and agricultural statistics, related methodologies, technologies and processes. It will see participation of more than 600 delegates of which 200 delegates will be from 108 countries. It will host 5 plenary sessions and 44 technical sessions.

Background

International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS) is a series of conferences that was started in 1998 based on comprehensive need for agricultural data all across the world. It is conducted every three years based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide. It sponsored by United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank (WB), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other international development agencies.

Previsions ICAS: The last conference was held in Rome (Italy) in 2016. Before that, it was held in United States, Italy, Mexico, China, Uganda and Brazil.

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