India VNR 2020 Report

India VNR 2020 Report | UPSC


NITI Aayog presents India’s second Voluntary National Review at UN’s High-Level Political Forum

      WHY IN NEWS:

Release of Report: Decade of Action: Taking SDGs From Global to Local”



For PRELIMS it is important to understand the report and its aim ! Well do not go with the number but take a look at significance of VNR report .

For MAINS ponder your thoughts on how SDG can be covered more efficiently before 2030 .


NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020.


Decade of Action

India VNR 2020 Report UPSC


Taking SDGs from Global to Local 


NITI Aayog


  • NITI Aayog prepared and presented India’s first VNR in 2017.
  • This report published today is second one.


NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level.

  • NITI Aayog engaged with sub-national and local governments, civil society organizations, local communities, people in vulnerable situations and the private sector.

India VNR 2020 Report | UPSC


  • The report is a comprehensive account of the adoption and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India.
  • Apart from presenting a review of progress on the 17 SDGs

The report discusses at length the policy and enabling environment, India’s approach to localising SDGs, and strengthening means of implementation.   

  • The report has rich body of data, knowledge and analysis that emanates community-centric consultations.

India VNR 2020 Report

From Global to Local -key steps of localisation of SDGs in India

  • The chapter presents a summary of the key concerns and the recommendations voiced by various stakeholders .
  • The segment on business integration highlights the important role which businesses and the private sector are envisaged to have in the decade of action.
  • Leveraging science, technology and innovation for SDGs, and costing and financing of SDGs are the two levers of strengthening means of implementation which have been introduced this year.
  • The goal-wise account of progress on the SDGs has been appended with examples of  success stories of interventions from the States, especially Aspirational Districts.
  • The India VNR 2020 represents NITI Aayog’s efforts in embodying the whole-of-society approach and its commitment towards localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.


The UN HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • HLPF this year, which is being hosted virtually in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, 47 Member States are set to present their VNRs between 10th-16th July 2020.

The HLPF meets annually in July for eight days under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.

  • The VNRs presented by Member States at the HLPF are a critical component of the review of progress and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • The reviews are voluntary and state-led and are aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.
  • The process of preparation of a country’s VNR provides a platform for partnerships among relevant stakeholders.


  • India presented its VNR along with other second time presenters like Bangladesh, Georgia, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria and Uganda.
  • The presentation also included a short film which encapsulated the aspects and major progress areas on the SDGs.

India’s VNR this year has undertaken a paradigm shift in terms of embodying a “whole-of-society” approach in letter and spirit.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

India has achieved remarkable progress in reducing multidimensional poverty, providing food safety, ensuring education for all, universalising access to electricity, clean cooking fuel and sanitation, while also operationalising the world’s largest health insurance programme by covering 500 million citizens.

The role of international cooperation is more critical than ever before

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | India VNR 2020 Report | UPSC


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