IIPA organizes lecture on ‘Governance and UN SDG’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 3: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) J&K Regional Branch organized a lecture on “Good Governance and United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals”, which was delivered by Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor, Jammu & Kashmir.
Talking about the relevance of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Khurshid Ahmad Ganai specifically emphasized on the need for innovation, experimentation, collaboration and adopting a multi-dimensional integrated approach to achieve the SDGs. Tracing back the history of development, he said that governance models should adapt to the changing times and should ensure that no one is left behind in the process of development thereby providing distributive justice.
In his presidential address, former DGP Dr Ashok Bhan, while focussing on Goal 16 in particular i.e. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, highlighted atmospherics required for making these goals achievable. To achieve SDG, Dr Bhan flagged three issues – autonomy of institutions that make the governance accountable and corruption free; maintain the rule of law and ensure equal access to justice for all; and work towards social and communal harmony. He emphasized that unless we recognise liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life, the sustainable development goals will become difficult to achieve.
Earlier K B Jandial, former Member, JK PSC, in his introductory address, briefed about the 17 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and its relevance in context of India. He said that the focal point of governance should be the common man and therefore governance at all levels should encompass comprehensiveness, inclusiveness and equity which will enable the nation to achieve SDG.
The lecture was attended by Kuldeep Khoda (former DGP, JK Police), Prof Manoj K Dhar (Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu), Er J B S Johar (Vice-Chairman, IIPA J&K Regional Branch), Office Bearers and Executive Committee Members of IIPA, members of civil society. Dr Anil Gupta (Joint Secretary, J&K Regional Branch, IIPA) conducted the proceedings and also presented the formal vote of thanks.


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