India wants to be on deciding panel on SDGs
In a bid to ensure that it is heard adequately, India wants to be part of a group of 30 countries on deciding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and financing mechanism under the Rio plus 20 declaration.delhi Updated: Aug 16, 2012 20:51 IST
In a bid to ensure that it is heard adequately, India wants to be part of a group of 30 countries on deciding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and financing mechanism under the Rio plus 20 declaration.
Around 195 countries in June this year had agreed on a declaration at the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on how the world should grow in a sustainable manner in the next 20 years. India was able to get equity and right of poor in development as part of the Rio declaration.
With the work in progress for the next level -- deciding the SDS and financial mechanism to achieve the goals -- India has asked the United Nations to have its representative in the working groups to prepare the draft on the two for the UN Sustainable Development Summit to take a final call.
The SDGs would replace Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end in 2015.
A senior Indian negotiator at the Rio conference said that the two mechanisms would be the key to define how the world will grow in the next 20 years.
"We will not like the SDGs to be thrust upon us by the developed world as MDGs were," the negotiator said.
India has, therefore, sought adequate participation in the process to define the SDGs which aims to cover everything from protecting environment to food security and eradicating poverty and human suffering.
The initial draft on SDGs prepared by the UN was not acceptable to several developing countries such as India and as a result it made the UN body agree to a working group on SDGs.
But, equally important for India is the mechanism for flow of money from the rich nations to the developing countries.
"The finance mechanism will be important to meeting the SDGs," an official said, adding that the fund flow has been extremely poor during the MDG era.
India, China and other developing countries have been demanding financial assistance to adopt high cost cleaner technologies and make it affordable to people.
Rich nations are not willing to free these technologies from patents, a key demand for the government.