India’s UN Envoy TS Tirumurti Affirms SDG Adoption Through ‘Whole Society’ Efforts

TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has stated that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved through the efforts of “the whole society.” Government, corporate sector, universities, and civil society are all part of the society, according to Tirumurti. Tirumurti recalled the start of the SDG building block at the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, speaking at an event organized by MOP Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai as part of the UN Day Intercollegiate Fest 2021 on Monday, October 24. 

Tirumurti, speaking at an event organized by MOP Vaishnav College for Women, said that the UN Member States did not discuss the “Millennium Development Goals,” which were assigned to the countries for implementation by the UN Secretary-General. In 2012, during Rio+20, he claimed that developed countries were interested in implementing SDGs. He also revealed that India, Brazil, and other countries insisted on all Member States participating in the Rio+20 Conference. He went on to say that all of the member states agreed to hold talks. 

The SDGs, according to Tirumurti, was created to maintain a balance between three pillars: “environment, social, and economic pillars.” Tirumurti, speaking about attaining Agenda 2030 in the Decade of Action, said that the pandemic has caused humanitarian and economic catastrophes since WWII, especially in vulnerable countries. 

Speaking about India’s SDG initiatives, TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said the programs aim to provide homes with “clean cooking fuels,” “improve sanitation,” and provide over “420 million bank accounts for the unbanked”. He also stated that India had declared “food, security, and monetary transfers” to alleviate people’s suffering. 

Tirumurti stated at an event that India is the only G20 country on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2030 target. Furthermore, India has been working to establish itself as a “Green Hydrogen Hub”.  He went on to say that India has been playing a constructive bridging role in the Security Council for the past two years. 

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