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India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on Sustainable Development Goals index

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India has ranked 116 out of 157 nations on a global index that assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs).  The SDG Index and Dashboards Report has been compiled by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Findings of SDG Index and Dashboards Report:

The SDG Index ranks countries based on their performance across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

  • India is ranked 116th on the index with a score of 58.1, behind countries such as Nepal, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and China. Pakistan is ranked 122.
  • Sweden leads the list, followed by Denmark and Finland. The United States ranks India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on Sustainable Development Goals index42nd on the Index, while Russia and China rank 62nd and 71st respectively.
  • As per the report, many of the richest countries in the world are nowhere near achieving the global policy objectives. They are even deteriorating the implementation process for poorer countries because of negative spill over effects.
  • For high-income countries, one of the greatest obstacles to achieving the global goals are poor performances regarding sustainable consumption and production.
  • The report outlined that the countries which are closest to fulfilling the goals are not the biggest economies but comparably small, developed countries.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index – Top 10:

Rank Country
1 Sweden
2 Denmark
3 Finland
4 Norway
5 Czech Republic
6 Germany
7 Austria
8 Switzerland
9 Slovenia
10 France

About Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets.

  • It is an initiative by United Nations and was preparedthrough a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States.
  • SDGs were adopted in September 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, US.