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Assam CSOs resolve for a common CSO Charter: A Vision document to facilitate Coordinated Efforts to Accelerate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

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NEDP Staff Report, 8th Feb 2023: Civil Society Organizations leaders from different parts of Assam gathered in Guwahati on February, 2023 at Inspiration Building, Bon Bosco Institute, Guwahati to identify challenges, deliberate, and probe solutions to these challenges and chart future path for attaining an inclusive and sustainable Assam. This is the last leg of the consultations in the development of CSO’s SDG charter. The document will make suggestions to stakeholders towards attaining an inclusive and sustainably developed Assam, the Assam they wanted for their future. The charter will entail the socio-economic, political, and environmental issues and challenges facing the state and recommend policy actions for the state, CSO, and other stakeholders using the SDG framework. Issues highlighted in the consultation are gender, environment, food security, urbanization, LGBTQ+, livelihood, land and youth among others. Mr. MK Gualnam from the National Foundation for India, in its remarks pointed out that despite the fact that the world is in the mid-way of the SDG target i.e. 2030, results in India and in Northeast India are disappointing. Rather it calls for a coordinated actions and partnership of different stakeholders to work in a collaborative manner to achieve what the 193 world leaders in 2015 set to achieve by 2030. Pradyut Bhattacharjee, who facilitated the consultation, stated that the final charter will be shared to the CSOs for comments once given a final shape and then disseminated to multi-stakeholders a month time.

The event was organized by National Foundation for India in collaboration with the Assam CSO Charter committee, AMAN Foundation, AIET & SKI and co-funded by the European Union. About 27 leaders representing 23 CSO attended the consultation.