A three day Capacity Development Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals organized by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, Odisha kicks off on 15 February 2018 and conclude on 17 February 2018.

The first workshop, Capacity Development Workshop on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), Bonn, Germany and United Nations Volunteers (UNV), India is primarily for national and international UN Volunteers in India with the aim of gaining a perspective on SDG implementation from UN Agencies and NGOs.

The inaugural session was graced by many dignitaries like Dr Ahmed Baghdady, Manager of Research and Content Development, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) who appreciated KISS as a phenomenal work in the implementation of SDGs. Dr. Deepa Prasad, State Head – Odisha, UNFPA quoted Gandhi’s Talisman which is also the aim envisaged by SDGs. Mr. Patrick Van Weerelt, Head of Office, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, Bonn advised to see 5Ps as an integrated solution and pathway to achieve the goals.

Shri B. R. Naidu, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Madhya Pradesh & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow Madhya Pradesh delivered the keynote address. Mr. Arun Sahdeo, UNVolunteers, India proposed the Vote of Thanks following which the workshop for the UN Volunteers started.

Subsequently, KISS shall also organize a National Workshop on Building Capacity for Localizing SDGs – in collaboration with NITI Aayog on 16 and 17 February 2018. This workshop will involve participation from senior government officials from all states, planners, district level administrators, representatives from training institutions, researchers and international partners engaged with the SDG 2030 Agenda in India with the aim of understanding capacity building requirements of different states of India. Dr. Rajiv Kumar, The Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog will be the Chief Guest for the National Workshop.

These workshops will be the first of their kind in India as this is the first time that UNSSC Bonn will be conducting SDG training in India. This will also be the first time NITI Aayog will partner with KISS to conduct one of the largest and most comprehensive capacity building exercises and high-profile SDG events in the country.

Besides, the workshop it shall have knowledge and experience sharing by prominent persons such as Mr. Rahul Bose (actor, rugby player, Director of Poorna), Shri B R Naidu (Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Higher Education Department), Mr. Alan

Gemmell (Director, British Council in India) and Professor Anand Kumar (retired Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University).

The three day workshop cum conference aims to provide an action plan for the Agenda 2030 by providing platform for Civil society, Government and International Organizations to come together and discuss the way ahead in a tailor made localized form to address the Global Goals.