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Himachal capital Shimla tops Sustainable Development Goals in Niti Aayog report

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Shimla, Nov 24 (MNN) The Himachal Pradesh capital has secured top position in NITI Aayog’s first Sustainable Development Goals Urban Index Report, the state government said.

The SDGs index took into account 56 urban areas for measuring SDGs indicators in areas related to ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality etc.

In this ranking, Shimla secured the first rank with 75.50 marks out of 100 in SDGs in Urban Areas for 2021, state Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said.

The Minister said that the statistical methodology used for SDG Urban Index is drawn from globally accepted methodology developed by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

A comprehensive list of 77 indicators, covering 46 global SDG targets across 15 SDGs are used in the index. SDG 14 (life below water) has not been included as it is relevant for only coastal areas, which are only a few of selected cities, and SDG 17 (partnerships for goals) has been excluded as the progress of its targets are monitored at the national level.

For each SDG, the urban areas are ranked on a scale of 0-100, with a score of 100 implying that the urban area has achieved the targets set for 2030.

The areas with ranking between 0 and 49 have been ranked as aspirants, those with 50-64 are termed as performers, 65-99 are called front-runners and the ones with perfect score are called achievers.

The data on the indicators have been sourced from official data sources such as National Family Health Survey, National Crime Records Bureau, Unified District Information System for Education, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources.

He said that the NITI Aayog is of the view that this transformative change is quite essential to increasing prominence of the cities and urban areas for future Development.

The top 10 urban areas in SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021-22 include Shimla, Coimbatore, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Panaji, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Ahmedabad and Nagpur.

Shimla was also ranked most liveable among the cities across the country under ‘Ease of Living Index’ ranking which was issued earlier this year. This was based on the assessment of four parameters — quality of life, economic ability, sustainability, and citizen perception.

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