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NITI Aayog is organising Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Conclave 2020: Partnerships, Cooperation and Development of North Eastern States in Guwahati.

The conclave is being jointly organised with the North Eastern Council, Assam government, Tata Trusts, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).

The three-day event will be held from February 24 to February 26 at Assam Administrative Staff College.

The conclave will have representations from the highest offices of all the state governments of Northeast, central ministries, academia, civil society and international development organizations.

The inaugural session will be presided over by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, Renata Lok-Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator, India and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will also attend the conclave.

The inaugural session on the first day would be followed by technical sessions on the February 25 and February 26.

The valedictory address would be delivered by Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India.

The technical sessions would include sessions pertaining to SDG localisation in the northeast, economic prosperity and sustainable livelihoods, climate adaptive agriculture, health and nutrition, education, skill development and entrepreneurship, connectivity and infrastructure development & inequality and exclusion.

Each of the sessions, chaired by a renowned domain specialist, are expected to take stock of progress and discuss and deliberate on the way forward for the region in the aforesaid areas.

NITI Aayog has the mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of SDGs at the national and sub-national level.

Progress in the northeast region is crucial in this decade of action for the country to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and this conclave is part of NITI Aayog’s continuous efforts towards fostering partnerships at the sub-national level.

In terms of SDG localisation, the states in the region have taken major strides in integrating the Agenda 2030 framework in their developmental planning and vision documents.

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