◊What have we achieved?

Thinking about a normal day of an  #Aam Admi in Delhi, the first thing, to begin with, is the commuting from one place to another for his day to day life. While taking the metro for almost every micro and macro day to day business, how many of us have ever given an eye to the amount of detailing the #Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has tried to put in making the ‘travel in the metro‘ an experience of your lifetime.

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Surrounding itself with extreme cleanliness and installations on the walls which is full of inspiration because of their unique campaign designs in the field of History, Arts and promotion of culture through its walls has missed spreading its charm dishearteningly…

 

How? you may ask!

And the answer to that can be traced back from the past, it was 5th of December, 2016 when #UNESCO MGIEP in partnership with #India Habitat Centre and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, inaugurated an art installation on the Sustainable Development Goals at the #Jor Bagh Metro Station.

 

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The Entrance, India Habitat Centre. Photo Courtesy: Mohammed Sajid.

 

The art installation which consists of extracts from a comic book produced by #UNESCO #MGIEP to raise awareness about the SDGs. The comic book which is a story of three young people talking about the problems of the world like poverty, illiteracy and so on. The world problems have been depicted as monsters.

The creators of the comic book Kavita Kale and Santosh Kale who had made the striking images to pique the curiosity of the passers-by and get them interested in the SDGs should be told that the method hasn’t worked the wonders!!!

 

About the Comic: Seen Unseen
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To make the #SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) a reality, it is essential that we adopt creative approaches to solving world problems. #UNESCO #MGIEP has developed a graphic novel to reach young people, who, are the torch bearers for this change.

To sow the ideas of peace, sustainability and global citizenship, it is important that we speak to young people in ways they find interesting. The displays here are the result of this idea. #UNESCO #MGIEP engaged two creative minds, Kavita Singh and Santosh Kale who sat with the team comprising of academicians, scientists, educators and freethinkers and have created this fictional narrative.

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Courtesy: ©Mohammed Sajid

Awareness about SDG’s, what have we achieved?

Since its inception, India has reached to the following:

0.56 of Gender Inequality Index.

Persistent inequality is reflected in the low human development attainments of the country’s most marginalised groups including scheduled castes, tribal and rural populations, women, transgenders, people living with HIV and migrants.

*We are still suffering, one of the prevalent examples is that not many of us even know about the SDG’s*

Gender Inequality Despite Economic Growth

2000px-igualtat_de_sexes-svg_With almost 12% Proportion of Seats Held by Women in National Parliament gender inequality in India is persistent despite high rates of economic growth, the participation of women in employment and decision making is much less than men. With India’s poor performance on women’s empowerment and gender equality reflected by many indicators, particularly, the low sex ratio. This disparity is not likely to be released soon.

Implementation Challenges of Rights-based Schemes

With 0.33 Human Development Index for SC, 0.27 Human Development Index for ST shows the weak implementation of policies. Reducing corruption is a key priority for India’s government, which is yet to achieve.

Rising Vulnerability to Climate Change and Disaster

With almost 24.01 proportion of Land Area Covered by Forest, 1.67
CO Emission Per Capital (Metric Tons), India is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The estimated loss of the country is said to be about two percent of its GDP to disasters.
Close to 533 million or 40 percent of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2025, the vulnerability of India’s cities to hazards is also likely to increase. We are yet to decide on the policies on environment and implement it with a strict hand.

Feminization of the HIV epidemic

According to the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), a country with 73% of Adult Literacy Rate and 0.1% HIV Prevalence Youth (ages 15-24) the HIV epidemic has been increasingly feminised. In addition, the HIV epidemic in several states in the north and northeast of the country point to strong links between poverty, migration and HIV.

At the end, I would just request everyone to be at least aware of the present and the closest future problems which can be dealt with just a few cautious steps taken on time. After all, modernisation is our responsibility and we need to sustain it with our alert and active participation.

 

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