Hyderabad ranks 21st in Niti Aayog's first SDG Urban Index

Of the total 56 urban areas, Shimla topped the list with a composite score of 75.50 followed by Coimbatore (73.29) and Chandigarh (72.36).

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  24 Nov 2021 4:17 AM GMT
Hyderabad ranks 21st in Niti Aayogs first SDG Urban Index

Hyderabad: Hyderabad has been ranked 21st in Niti Aayog's first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Urban Index and Dashboard 2021-22.

The rankings were released on November 23. Of the total 56 urban areas, Shimla topped the list with a composite score of 75.50 followed by Coimbatore (73.29) and Chandigarh (72.36).

Hyderabad scored a composite score of 66.93.

The index was prepared to compare the urban areas based on 77 SDG indicators that included no hunger, zero poverty, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, decent work, and economic growth among others.

Based on the scores for different goals, the urban areas were categorized into four groups-Aspirant with a score of 0-49; Performer with a score of 50-64; Front Runner with a score of 65-99 and Achiever with a score of 100. In goal-wise comparison, Hyderabad fared better in affordable and clean energy availability. Hyderabad fared poorly in goals like decent work and economic growth and industry, innovation, and infrastructure.

The index and dashboard are prepared by the NITI Aayog in collaboration with GIZ and BMZ and are focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation. The data on these indicators have been sourced from official data sources such as NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources.

"Cities are fast becoming engines of growth. The SDG Urban index and dashboard, a product of an innovative partnership between NITI Aayog and GIZ, will go a long way in instituting a robust SDG monitoring system in our cities, and is a milestone step in our SDG localization journey," Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said during the launch.

"NITI Aayog seeks to empower local administrations to adopt a measurement-based approach to decision making. Only if the SDG agenda is adopted by the last mile stakeholders can we hope to achieve the global 2030 Agenda. The SDG Urban Index is one more step towards localizing the SDGs further," said Sanyukta Samaddar, Nodal Officer (SDG).

On the Indo-German Partnership on Sustainable Development Goals, Prof. Dr. Claudia Warning, DG BMZ said: "It will focus on deepening SDG localization and monitoring, and addressing critical gaps in institutional capacity and data systems on SDGs at national and state levels. We look forward to strengthening this partnership with NITI Aayog in building capacities on SDGs."

Dhanbad (52.43), Meerut (54.64), and Itanagar (55.29) occupied the last positions.

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