Sustainable Development Goals Index: Chandigarh ranks third after Shimla, Coimbatore

Chandigarh has ranked third among the top 10 urban areas in the country in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) urban index, the results of which were announced on Tuesday.

Chandigarh got a score of 72.36. Shimla and Coimbatore stood first and second while Chandigarh stood third.

The SDG Urban Index and Dashboard ranked 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators out of 46 targets in the SDG framework. Data on these indicators has been sourced from official data sources like NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries and other government data sources.

Chandigarh emerged as a good performer in quality education and “Clean Water and Sanitation”.

The indices and dashboards highlight the strengths and gaps of ULB-level data, monitoring and reporting systems. It was stated that tools like this index and dashboard would contribute to building an ecosystem in which all stakeholders would be equipped to adopt and implement data-driven decision making.

The statistical methodology for the SDG Urban Index has been prepared using a globally accepted methodology developed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The index uses a comprehensive list of 77 indicators, covering the 46 global SDG targets in 15 SDGs. SDG 14 (life under water) is excluded because it is relevant only to coastal areas, which are only among a select few cities, and SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals) is excluded because of its goals. The progress is monitored. at the national level. While progress under SDG 15 (life on land) has been measured using two indicators, they have not been used in estimating scores due to lack of adequate coverage.

The indicators are aligned with the National Indicators Framework of MoSPI. It stated that the relevance of SDG targets and data availability indicators at the urban level are the most important criteria for selection.

Of the 56 urban areas included in the index, 44 are those with a population of more than one million. There are state capitals with a population of less than twelve lakhs.

For each SDG, urban areas are ranked on a scale of 0-100. A score of 100 means that the urban area has achieved the targets set for 2030, a score of 0 means that it is far from achieving the targets in the selected urban areas.

“The overall or composite urban area scores are then generated from the target-wise scores to measure the overall performance of the urban area,” it specified.

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