Dimapur, September 13: A first of its kind District Level Workshop on ‘Building Capacities for Taking Forward the SDGs’ was held at DC Conference Hall on September 13. The programme was chaired by District Planning Officer, P Nchumbemo Kikon while dignitaries present included Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha, Superintendent of Police Menangmeren and other district-level department officials.
The keynote address was given by Deputy Commissioner where he introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasized that there should be concentrated efforts by all stakeholders to bring about sustainable development. Climate Change is a global phenomenon which involves loss of human lives and property thus we need concerned effort in order to bring sustainable development.
DC also stated that, the root cause of the climate change are due to human induced green house emission, insufficient disaster risk management and under valuing environmental cause and benefit in decision making.
He also highlighted the effect of climate change across the globe and in Wokha district as well. The drought-like situation in the district wherein many farmers are suffering due to human-induced activities that have caused climate change, he cited an example.
The DC also stated that SDG has been adopted by all United Nations members States in 2015 as a Universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030, the SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals and associated 169 targets designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
He mentioned that existing programmes such as Poshan Maa, which is being celebrated this month will help reduce malnutrition and anemia among children. Even slogans of departments such as Water Resource as – ‘Catch the rains where it falls’ all efforts fall under the SDGs.
He concluded by urging all departments to ensure that all policies and actions undertaken are carried out to protect the environment and to achieve the targets of the SDGs for inclusive development.
As part of this workshop, the first technical session was held by SDG Officer, SDG Coordination Centre, Planning & Coordination Department, Abilo Humtsoe on SDG localization and integration with a focus on Wokha District. She shared about the national, state and district level institutional mechanism and strategy for SDG implementation, District Indicator Framework for monitoring the SDGs and way forward. She also highlighted those indicators (as part of the North East Region SDG Index – Baseline Report 2021-22) which require improvement in Wokha district.
Interactive Session was taken over by SDG Officer, SDG Coordination Centre, Planning & Coordination Department, Phyobemo Lotha. This session consisted of interactive exercises for identifying the priority areas and viable local level solutions for Wokha district for all relevant departments.
The Workshop concluded with vote of thanks by the District Planning Officer where he highlighted the significance of all the activities for taking forward the SDGs for the long term development of the district.
Similar district level workshops have been held in Kiphire, Noklak, Tuensang, Longleng, Mokokchung and Zunheboto districts for taking forward the SDGs. In order to make SDG implementation holistic and inclusive, the same have been planned for the remaining districts of Nagaland as well.
(Page News Service)