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World needs SDGs back on track: Top UN official

World needs SDGs back on track: Top UN official
“The world needs a stimulus plan to bring our sustainable development goals (SDGs) back on track by mobilising long-term, low-interest sustainable financing. Driven by G20India, we hope to see the G20 take concrete actions to implement such a plan,” said Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group on Tuesday. She was speaking at G20 Development Working Group (DWG) meeting at Jio World Convention Centre, Mumbai.

The DWG meetings aim to discuss development issues in developing countries (DC), least developed countries (LD) and island countries (small island developing states/SIDS).

Mission LiFE ( (Lifestyle for Environment) is about how individuals and communities walk the talk in leading a climate-friendly and environmentally conscious life. Parameswaran Iyer, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, explained: “Mission LiFE nudges responsible production and consumption and touches most other SDGs.”

While delivering the opening address at “Infusing New LiFE into Green Development”, Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa of India, said: “Mission LiFE has a lot to do with nudging behaviour. It is not countries that will make the change, it is individual and collective behaviour that will make the difference.”

 Jetsun Pema, Queen of Bhutan, was appreciative of the Narendra Modi government for launching Mission LiFE. “We commend and support the launch of Mission LiFE by @narendramodi, which closely echoes Bhutan’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation,” she said.

Coming to individual consumption, LiFE needs to consider both under-consumption, over-consumption and aspirational consumption, observed Ligia Noronha, UN Assistant Secretary-General & Head, UNEP, New York.

The top 10 people account for the bulk of emissions in India. “You can’t address the issue of sustainable consumption unless you also address the issue of inequality of it. We need a policy which nudges those whose consumption is way above average,” alerted Nitin Desai, Chair, TERI.

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