Let me benchmark progress against the UNDP 17 sustainable development goals. These are:
(1) No Poverty,
(2) Zero Hunger,
(3) Good Health and Well-being,
(5) Gender Equality
(6) Clean Water and Sanitation
(7) Affordable and Clean Energy
(8) Decent Work and Economic Growth
(9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
(10) Reduced Inequality
(11) Sustainable Cities and Communities
(12) Responsible Consumption and Production
(13) Climate Action
(14) Life Below Water
(15) Life On Land
(16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
(17) Partnerships for the Goals.
The goals represent the desire of humanity. India is a developing country. The country’s constitution also reflects many of the goals listed above. The progress towards achieving these goals is a work in progress in India as it is anywhere in the world. It includes the Nordic region countries that have made the most progress in achieving these goals.
With a population of nearly 1.4 billion people, India represents almost 25 percent of the world’s population. The country has set for itself 2070 to achieve net-zero GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions targets. Net Zero emissions are just an intermediate stage in achieving the 17 UNSDG goals. Still, it will be a giant step for humanity when India achieves net-zero emissions.