Think Tank Insights Special Edition: Working Paper: Aligning India’s water resource policies with the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries. The SDGs recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change. 

The linkages between the various SDGs are already a subject of much analysis, and need, in principle, for trade-off between strategies to achieve the various SDGs are accepted. However, the trade-offs actually occur at the policy level rather than at the SDG level, and is highly dependent on the specific policy context. An OnFrontiers expert Girija Bharat completed this Discussion Paper, to look at the current alignment of the Government of India’s policies and programmes for the water sector as they have evolved over the last many decades, and analyses the policies in relation to SDG 6 and the other SDGs to understand policy level changes needed to manage the trade-offs more optimally. One of the key messages of the Paper is that the same exercise needs to be done for various sectors and at the sub-national and lower levels for effective management of the SDG implementation process.

Please download the discussion paper through the link here.


Girija Bharat is an expert in clean environment and progressive society, and this article was originally published in Teri The Energy and Resources Institute.