SDGs and Social Justice

5th April, Patna

Kabeer ke Log, Patna University, A N Sinha Institute, co organized this consultation with MAUSAM on the occasion of jayanti of ShKarpoori Thakur. ShSharad Joshi, Ajay K Jha, and Din Bandhu Vats participated in this Consultation. ShShushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar speaking on the occasion said that Bihar Government has been consistent with its effort in promoting the interests of weaker sections, mahadalits and women through a variety of measures and remain committed to the cause of affirmative action and social justice.

He also suggested that discussion on the SDGs should focus few priority goals rather than taking entire set of goals. ShSanjay Paswan, Former Union Minister, said that if SDGs have to succeed in India they have to succeed in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Putting the discussion in the context he referred to massive rallies of dalits in several states recently (as a protest against SC decision), he reckoned it as a big milestone in Dalit assertiom. Ajay K jha, said that despite limitations, the SDG framework puts unprecedented emphasis on the development of the poorest 40% of population. Explaining poverty and inequality in the global and indian context, he also added that in the evident failure of trickledown theory of development, strong commitments and effective measures are required for social, political and economic empowerment of poorest sections of the society including dalits in India. He underlined that it’s about justice to these groups who have faced systemic and historical oppression, rather than states dole. Other speakers included, Dr. Sunil Ray (Director, ANSinha Institute), Prof. Pal (Patna University), Com. RavinderRai and MLA Gayatri Devi.

sustainable development

PAIRVI promotes rights based approach to development and believes that current economic models have failed to address poverty, inequality, marginalization and are based on overexploitation of natural resources. It engages with Sustainable Development Goals and other policies aimed at sustainable development. It promotes decentralized policy making and demands accountable governance. It seeks to enhance peoples understanding on sustainable development so that they can be partners in development and analyze policies, programmes and actions. It also engages with UN agencies working on sustainable development and environment including United Nations General Assembly, High Level Political Forum on SDGs, United Nations Environment, and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. PAIRVI is an active member of the Asia Pacific Regional CSOs Engagement Mechanism on Agenda 2030.