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SDG Leadership Council

The SDGs Leadership Council is the policy advocacy arm of the initiative aimed at identifying actionable strategies & policies that can accelerate development pertaining to different goals and create a sustainable environment at all levels. This committee is a focused group of leaders, policy makers, NGOs and celebrities who works together towards achieving Agenda 2030. This committee will present an annual report of its findings to all relevant stakeholders and will play a key role in complementing governments’ efforts to achieve the country’s objectives by working very closely with state level leadership Council. The committee consist of 12 experts representing all key links in the respective goal value chain. It is expected to meet quarterly to define a clear roadmap on how this collective wisdom of the changemakers can be converted into action on ground.
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Targeted activities by the Council

  • White Papers
  • Action oriented ground activities
  • Communication and capacity building
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Targeting activities for one of the sub-goals to start immediately


Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.

More and more countries are experiencing water stress, and increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages.

Sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water and sanitation are essential for unlocking economic growth and productivity and provide significant leverage for existing investments. Safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires that we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems is essential. Ensuring universal safe and affordable drinking water involves reaching over 800 million people who lack basic services and improving accessibility and safety of services for over two billion.

UN explains: "Clean water is a basic human need, and one that should be easily accessible to all. There is enough fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to poor infrastructure, investment and planning, every year millions of people — most of them children — die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene." It calls for more research and development, increased financing, and strengthened capacity of all countries in water management.

Tasks for the council
  • The committee will track and work on the following targets of Goal# 6
  • Safe and affordable drinking water
  • End open defecation and provide access so sanitation and hygiene
  • Improve water quality, wastewater treatment and safe reuse
  • Increase water-use efficiency and ensure freshwater supplies
  • Implement integrated water resources management
  • Protect and restore water-related ecosystems
  • Expand water and sanitation support to developing countries
  • Support local engagement in water and sanitation management
Why to be part of this Council
The Times Group is India’s largest media conglomerate (source: Financial Times, March 2015), with interests across diverse media encompassing publishing, television, internet, radio and outdoor. The Times Group now has flagship media vehicles such as The Economic Times, ET Now, The Times of India, Times Now, Indiatimes.com and many more that span diverse topics like business, real estate, topical issues, art, culture, economics and more. The group is synonymous with integrity, reform and progress for India and has been an unshakeable beacon of truth, justice and the power of honest journalism. With the support of our large network across the country including the media personals, response groups and others, the initiatives of the committee can be executed and spread across the nation. With the diverse group of experts at the same platform, we can plan to collaborate and contribute collectively to the activities of the SDG’s. This can help inspire several stakeholders across the country.

Benefits to the ET SDG Leadership Council
  • ET Edge will be the facilitator for all the activities within the council
  • ET Edge will provide visibility to the members on all media platforms
  • We can include random articles, interviews and surveys on the website
  • Members get the opportunity to network with other executive members from the industry
  • All the work the council decides to do under the Goal 6, will be coordinated by ET Edge
  • All the members will be part of the ET SDG Summit which is a flagship event of ET Edge


Council Members


  • Committee Chair


    Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
    Director General
    National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
  • Co-Chair


    O P Agarwal
    Chief Executive Officer
    WRI India

  • Dr. Arvind Kumar
    President and Founder
    India Water Foundation

  • Manoj Gulati
    MD
    Water.org

  • VK Madhavan
    Chief Executive
    WaterAid India

  • Dr. Prasoom Dwivedi PHd.
    Prof. (Deptt. Of Civil Engineering)
    UPES Dehradun

  • Dr. V C Goyal
    Head, Research
    National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee

  • Namrata Rana
    Director, Strategy and Brand
    Futurescapes

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Good health is essential to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda reflects the complexity and interconnectedness of the two. It considers widening economic and social inequalities, rapid urbanization, threats to the climate and the environment, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases, and emerging challenges such as noncommunicable diseases. Universal health coverage will be integral to achieving SDG 3, ending poverty and reducing inequalities. Emerging global health priorities not explicitly included in the SDGs, including antimicrobial resistance, also demand action.

But the world is off-track to achieve the health-related SDGs. At least 400 million people have no basic healthcare, and 40 percent lack social protection. Source: UNDP. It calls for more research and development, increased health financing, and strengthened capacity of all countries in health risk reduction and management.

Why to be part of this Council
The Times Group is India’s largest media conglomerate (source: Financial Times, March 2015), with interests across diverse media encompassing publishing, television, internet, radio and outdoor. The Times Group now has flagship media vehicles such as The Economic Times, ET Now, The Times of India, Times Now, Indiatimes.com and many more that span diverse topics like business, real estate, topical issues, art, culture, economics and more. The group is synonymous with integrity, reform and progress for India and has been an unshakeable beacon of truth, justice and the power of honest journalism.

With the support of our large network across the country including the media personals, response groups and others, the initiatives of the committee can be executed and spread across the nation. With the diverse group of experts at the same platform, we can plan to collaborate and contribute collectively to the activities of the SDG’s. This can help inspire several stakeholders across the country.

Benefits to the ET SDG Leadership Council
· ET Edge will be the facilitator for all the activities within the council
· ET Edge will provide visibility to the members on all media platforms
· We can include random articles, interviews and surveys on the website
· Members get the opportunity to network with other executive members from the industry
· All the work the council decides to do under the Goal 9, will be coordinated by ET Edge
· All the members will be part of the ET SDG Summit which is a flagship event of ET Edge
Keeping the above objectives in mind, first Executive Goalkeeper Advisory Council was formed to address the healthcare sector and Goal 3: Good Health and Well Being. We successfully executed the first meeting on 9th May. 2020. The experts highlighted on agendas like amplifying technology in healthcare, skilling and capacity building.

Committee Chair
Ms. Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group

Committee Co-Chair
Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, PHFI

Guest of Honor
Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of BJP, Member of Parliament from New Delhi Parliamentary constituency

Moderator
Namrata Rana, Director-Strategy and Brand, Futurescape

Members
Dr. Indu Bhushan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ayushman Bharat Yojana - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB - PMJAY) and the National Health Authority (NHA), Government of India.
Dr. Om Manchanda, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lal Path Labs
Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj
Dr. Alexander Thomas, Founder-Member and President Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI)
9. Deepak S Bhatia, CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of India

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. It is well understood that to meet future challenges, the industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. There is also a need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and strong societies across the globe.

Tasks for the Council
  • The council will track and work on the following targets of Goal# 9
  • Develop Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Infrastructures
  • Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization
  • Increase access to financial services and markets
  • Upgrade all Industries and Infrastructures for sustainability
  • Enhance research and upgrade industrial technologies
  • Facilitate sustainable infrastructure development for developing countries
  • Support domestic technology development and industrial diversification
  • Universal access to information and communications technology
  • The council will highlight proven measures that may take time but will lead to holistic welfare.

Why to be part of this Council
The Times Group is India’s largest media conglomerate (source: Financial Times, March 2015), with interests across diverse media encompassing publishing, television, internet, radio and outdoor. The Times Group now has flagship media vehicles such as The Economic Times, ET Now, The Times of India, Times Now, Indiatimes.com and many more that span diverse topics like business, real estate, topical issues, art, culture, economics and more. The group is synonymous with integrity, reform and progress for India and has been an unshakeable beacon of truth, justice and the power of honest journalism.

With the support of our large network across the country including the media personals, response groups and others, the initiatives of the committee can be executed and spread across the nation. With the diverse group of experts at the same platform, we can plan to collaborate and contribute collectively to the activities of the SDG’s. This can help inspire several stakeholders across the country.

Benefits to the ET SDG Leadership Council
· ET Edge will be the facilitator for all the activities within the council
· ET Edge will provide visibility to the members on all media platforms
· We can include random articles, interviews and surveys on the website
· Members get the opportunity to network with other executive members from the industry
· All the work the council decides to do under the Goal 9, will be coordinated by ET Edge
· All the members will be part of the ET SDG Summit which is a flagship event of ET Edge

Climate change, as we all are aware, continues to exacerbate the frequency and severity of natural disasters thereby impacting the lives and livelihoods of people, businesses and the economic growth of any nation. Combating climate change therefore becomes extremely important for sustainable development of nations across the globe. Forming international partnerships, deploying new, innovative technologies and making investments in climate action programmes can go a long way in mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions as well as addressing adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Towards this objective, several countries have laid out Nationally Determined Commitments (NDC) under the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the Indian story has been no different. Some of the noteworthy efforts taken by India include its plan to scale up its 1) renewable energy target to 450 gigawatts by 2030 from 175 gigawatts by 2022; 2) enhance the solar energy capacity through International Solar Alliance (ISA); 3) setting up a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, which will serve as a platform to generate and exchange knowledge on different aspects of climate and disaster resilient infrastructure and 4) 'Leadership Group for Industry Transition' launched jointly by India and Sweden.

Tasks for the Council
The council will track and work on the following targets of Goal 13
  • Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • Improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
  • Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
  • Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
The council aims to work proactively in this important space by way of
  • Policy Advocacy and Government interaction
  • Release of Thought Leadership Reports and White Papers
  • Outreach programmes that include workshops/ roundtables
  • Large Scale Events
  • International Collaborations
  • Representation of the Council in international platforms
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