Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said today that legislators have to play an important role to ensure that fruits of development reach the poorest of the poor. He said that population control, poverty alleviation and environmental protection were the key issues for the growth of any country, and reiterated India’s stand on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable developmental goals (SDGs) mirror India’s own vision of development, he added. “…the fruits of development should reach the poorest of the poor. And active participation of legislators is also very important in this regard,” Naidu was quoted in an official statement. He was addressing a delegation of the Asian Population and Development Association which called on him at the Parliament House here today. Naidu is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The delegation consisted of parliamentarians from 15 countries, and four sitting MPs, one former MP and two MLAs from India. The government think tank NITI Aayog is leading the efforts to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the SDGs, he added. He also informed the delegation that India was finalising a set of national indicator framework to monitor the domestic achievement of SGDs, and was also engaged in the United Nations process to evolve a framework of global indicators for these goals. Welcoming all countries which are expected to take measurable actions to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Naidu said that global partnership is a key to the achievement of goals and targets contained in the Agenda.
During the meeting, parliamentarians from 15 countries commended the pioneering role India played in the process of formulation of the 2030 Agenda, and said that sustainable efforts would lead to the success of the implementation of this Agenda. The delegation after elaborate discussion on the issues has submitted the Delhi Declaration to the Rajya Sabha Chairman.