India’s rank has slipped by two places from last year to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the State of India’s Environment Report 2021 stated. The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100.
The SDGs were adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015.
The report informed that India’s rank was 115 last year and lacked in SDGs like ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2), achieving gender equality (SDG 5), and building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and fostering innovation (SDG 9).
India ranks behind four South Asian countries — Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, it said.
The report also mentioned that Jharkhand and Bihar are the least prepared to meet the SDGs by 2030, which is the target year. While Jharkhand lags in five of the SDGs, Bihar lags in seven.
It said the states/UTs with the best overall score which are on the path to achieving the SDGs are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
The report also said that India ranked 168 out of 180 countries in terms of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
India’s rank was 172 in the environmental health category, which is an indicator of how well countries are protecting their populations from environmental health risks.