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NITI Aayog and CII Launch Partnership on SDGs

Speaking at the launch of NITI Aayog and CII Partnership on SDGs, at the Government and Business Partnership Conclave in New Delhi on 8 August 2018, organised by NITI Aayog, Confederation of Indian Industry and UN, Union Minister  Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (IC), Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, mentioned that business and government must partner for sustainable development of India.

In sustainable development, the Minister said, three things matter most: energy, water and circular economy and he also expressed confidence that India will achieve its clean energy goals even earlier than 2020, urging everyone to be conscious and responsible towards the environment.   

Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, in his address, pointed out that the pace of urbanization of India is at a high pace and it will leapfrog, given our population, only with the use of technology and of new and renewable energy.

Mr Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator noted that the conditions in India are favourable due to its nature, history and demography and India will come up with solutions towards a sustainable and circular economy for the world to emulate. 

Shri Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President CII, and Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises Ltd stressed that the current theme of CII 2018-19 ‘India RISE: Responsible. Inclusive. Sustainable.’ is aligned with the sustainability agenda.

Shri Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, mentioned that CII’s nine Centres of Excellence are well-aligned to the SDGs.

CII-NITI Aayog have entered into a three-year partnership and an MoU was signed. This partnership focuses on specific activities that seek to develop: 1. Vision and Action Agenda for businesses and industries to contribute to SDGs; 2. Annual Status Reports; 3. Sector-specific Best Practise Documents.

On this occasion Dr Ashok Kumar Jain, Adviser, NITI Aayog, spoke about the partnership and welcomed CII for innovative initiatives going forward. 

CII launched the report—Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs. . The report cites examples that illustrate how companies have incorporated the SDGs framework into their business strategy and gone about achieving them.

Distinguished Participants in the Conclave included senior officials from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and representatives of several State governments like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

 

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