State of India’s Environment Report 2022

The State of India’s Environment Report, 2022 of the Centre for Science and Environment was released by Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. According to this report, India’s ranking has slipped due to substantial challenges in 11 SDGs such as zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, gender equality, and sustainable cities and communities.

Overview:

  • India also did poorly in terms of quality education and quality of life on the ground.
  • India struggled the previous year to end hunger and achieve food security, to achieve gender equality and create resilient infrastructure, to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and to nurture innovation.

What is India’s ranking?

On the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda by 192 United Nations member states in 2015, India has dropped three places from last year’s ranking of 117 to 120.

According to the latest rankings, India has fallen behind all other South Asian countries, with the exception of Pakistan, which is ranked 129th. Bhutan is ranked 75th, Sri Lanka is 87th, Nepal is 96th, and Bangladesh is 109th among South Asian countries.

What is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) score of India?

The overall Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) score of India was 66 out of 100.

State-wise rankings

According to the report, the states that are least prepared to meet the SDGs by the target year of 2030 are Jharkhand and Bihar.

The report also stated that among the states Kerala topped, with Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh coming in second and third, respectively. Karnataka, Goa, Uttarakhand, and Andhra Pradesh tied for third place.

Union Territory Rankings

According to the report, Chandigarh topped among the Union Territories, followed by Delhi, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep in second place, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the third position.

Conclusion

All UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, which provides a shared framework for prosperity and peace for the planet and the people. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are an urgent call to action for all countries to work together in a global partnership.

Some of the goals are zero hunger, no poverty, wellbeing and good health, gender equality, quality education, sanitation and clean water, clean and affordable energy, decent economic and work growth, innovation, industry, and infrastructure.

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