Sustainable Development Goals were localized to hold all the states accountable for their progress towards sustainable development goals and working on the same line, NITI Aayog and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region released the North Eastern Region District SDG Index. The report assessed the performances of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura in terms of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Out of all the districts, East Sikkim topped the list. The Sustainable Development Goals focuses on a number of targets but the important goals include no poverty, good health and well being, zero hunger, gender equality, good education, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth and reduced inequality.

SDG Goal Performance Of North-East Region

The entire Northeast region performed well for working on Life On Land, which comes under SDG 15. The indicator for the same includes forest cover, wasteland and wildlife and the Northeast region being a hilly region have always performed well in this region. 75% of the districts did well in meeting SDG 6 that includes Clean Water and Sanitation. The goal in which the entire Northeast region is lacking is Goal 9 that includes Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. Meeting this goal has been tough due to the hilly terrain of the region and low internet connectivity. In addition to that, the Northeast region should also focus on meeting Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

How Individuals Can Contribute To SDGs?

The government will do its job to meet the Sustainable Development Goals as it would be competing with other countries of the world for rank. However, it needs to be noted that apart from the government, individuals should also give their best to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are met.

For the start, one can switch off the appliances that are not being used to save electricity. Further, shifting to energy-friendly light bulbs is also a good idea. Secondly, one should reduce the usage of paper and think before printing. Going digital is a great way of proving oneself environment-friendly. Instead of printing a document, you can always choose to send the document in a PDF format. Create a document in Word format, then convert the Word to PDF to avoid saving paper. There are plenty of PDF converters that make it possible to convert the PDF formats to other formats like PDF to JPG. One should also recycle as many items as possible to waste generation.

For meeting goal 12 that includes responsible consumption and production, one can stop impulsive buying. Food wastage should be avoided and seasonal produce should be valued. One can also work towards goal 10 of reducing inequalities for creating a better society. Simple steps like not being judgemental, embracing differences and being kind can serve to meet this goal.

Top Performers Of SDG Goals

The states of the Northeast region that have done their best to eradicate poverty includes Sikkim, Mizoram and Assam. The zero hunger goals were met by districts of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. Top performers in the good health and well-being segment came from Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. In the education sector, Mizoram and Sikkim have performed well.

Which Were The Worst Performing Districts?

The top 10 districts were occupied by the states of Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim in meeting the SDGs.All the districts of Sikkim and Tripura came under the category of the front runner category.  Most of the worst-performing districts came from the states of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. In fact, six districts of Nagaland found themselves at the bottom 10 indicating that Nagaland still has plenty of things to do to meet the SDGs.

In addition to the government, many start-ups are also working towards the SDGs. For instance, Voyage, based in Gangtok and founded by Pritam Pany, is working towards the goal of zero waste in the Himalayas. The start-up is currently working on stopping the burning of 300 tonnes of plastic and filling the landfills. It is working on a system that processes a minimum of 300 tonnes of plastic in a year to avoid waste generation. With the collective effort of the government, individuals and entrepreneurs and other stakeholders, it is possible to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in this region and make the northeastern region a better place.

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