• Bhopal recently became first Indian city to track progress in attaining SDGs.
  • The launch of ‘Agenda for Action: Sustainable Urban Transformation in Bhopal’ has marked the India’s first city-level Voluntary Local Review (VLR) of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • New York City became the first city to present its VLR to UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018.
    • VLR enables cities and regions to localize SDGs and report their progress. It also helps cities in identifying challenges, opportunities and needs and offers a practical way towards sustainable development.
    • Localisation of SDGs (LSDGs) refers to the process of defining, implementing, and monitoring strategies at local level to achieve global, national, and subnational SDGs and targets.
    • It focuses on achievement of SDGs through action from a bottom-up approach.
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