With the aim of taking forward the success of Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, in its 70th Session held on 25th September 2015, adopted the document titled “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated 169 targets. The SDGs are a comprehensive list of global goals integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. Further, the SDGs are universal (for all nations - developed, developing and least developed), interconnected and indivisible and hence necessitate comprehensive and participatory approaches in bringing everybody together so that no one is left behind. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review, at the national level with regard to the progress made in implementing the goals and targets till the year 2030.

The 17 SDGs and associated 169 targets came into force with effect from 01st January, 2016

  • Initially a set of 231 distinct global indicators were identified by the United Nations for monitoring the progress of Global SDGs and associated targets

  • The SDGs are not legally binding but have become de-facto international obligations and have potential to reorient domestic spending priorities of the countries till 2030.

  • Countries are expected to take ownership and establish a national framework for achieving these goals. Implementation and success will depend on countries own sustainable development policies, plans and programmes.

  • The 2030 Agenda also underscored the fact that quality, reliable and disaggregated data would be needed for measurement of progress on the targets and for ensuring that “No One is Left Behind”.


SDG Dashboard

The India SDG Dashboard developed by the MoSPI in collaboration with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO)


The Government has constituted a High Level Steering Committee (HLSC) for SDGs under the Chairmanship of Chief Statistician of India (CSI) & Secretary, MoSPI with members from NITI Aayog, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Ministry of Finance and MoSPI to periodically review and refine the NIF.


MoSPI has constituted six Sectoral Committees for working on the methodologies of SDG indicators. These Sectoral Committees consisting of members inter-alia, from relevant data source Ministries, UN Agencies/Development Partners, Research Institutions will mainly work together for evolving methodology for Tier III global indicators, examination of Tier I and Tier II global indicators in Indian context and identifying data gaps in monitoring of SDGs.

These Sectoral Committee for SDGs are on following themes

Poverty, Agriculture and Food Security

Labour & Employment and Education

Health and Gender related issues

Environment and Climate change

Good Governance and Capacity Building

Big Data, AI, Block Chain and Machine learning for SDGs


Any statement on the SDGs at the national level is incomplete without the associated commentary on the status prevailing in the States. MoSPI is providing adequate technical support to the States, in development of comprehensive and inclusive SDG Monitoring Framework.

The Ministry has developed and circulated guidelines for development of State Indicator Framework (SIF) to facilitate and assist States/UTs for development of a State Level Monitoring Framework in respective State/UTs.

The objective of these guidelines is to facilitate and assist State Governments in the development of a State Level Monitoring Framework including institutional arrangements to track the progress on the SDGs by building on the existing National Indicator Framework.

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MoSPI conducts Training/Workshop/Seminars/Conferences on SDGs inter-alia to assist the States/UTs in developing the State Indicator Framework (SIF), to deliberate on the concept and methodology on certain SDG indicators, brainstorming with different stakeholders and creating awareness on SDGs.

MoSPI successfully conducted the following trainings and workshops


MoSPI successfully conducted Five regional workshop during year 2018-19 covering all 36 States/UT’s in collaboration with UNICEF to sensitize States about SDGs, development of State Monitoring Framework and capacity building of State Statistical Personnel on SDGs.


MoSPI has also conducted sensitization programme for Universities/Colleges students for understanding of SDG monitoring framework


Annual Conference of Central and State Statistical Organizations (COCSSO) was conducted by MoSPI with central theme as SDGs during 11th-12th November 2019 at Kolkata. The States/UTs were provided technical support for development of State/District Indicator Framework on SDG for monitoring of SDGs at State/UT and sub-state level.


Eighth International Conference on Agricultural Statistics 2019 (ICAS-VIII) with Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and ICAR-IASRI and others in New Delhi during November, 18-21, 2019 at New Delhi.