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SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021–22

NITI Aayog under the Indo-German Cooperation released the Inaugural SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021–22 on 23 November 2021.

The index and dashboard are a result of the NITI Aayog-GIZ and BMZ collaboration focused on driving SDG localization in our cities, under the umbrella of Indo-German Development Cooperation.

Key Points:

» The SDG Urban Index and Dashboard ranks 56 urban areas on 77 SDG indicators across 46 targets of the SDG framework.

    • The data on these indicators have been sourced from official data sources such as NFHS, NCRB, U-DISE, data portals of various ministries, and other government data sources.

» A comprehensive list of 77 indicators, covering 46 global SDG targets across 15 SDGs, are used in the index.

    • SDG 14 (life below water) has not been included as it is relevant for only coastal areas, which are only a few of the selected cities.
    • SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals) has been excluded as the progress of its targets are monitored at the national level.
    • While progress under SDG 15 (life on land) has been measured using two indicators, they have not been used in estimating the scores, owing to lack of adequate coverage.

» The index and dashboard will further strengthen SDG localization and institute robust SDG monitoring at the city level. It highlights the strengths and gaps of ULB-level data, monitoring, and reporting systems.


The statistical methodology for the SDG Urban Index is drawn from the globally accepted methodology developed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Ranking Scale:
  • For each SDG, the urban areas are ranked on a scale of 0-100.
  • A score of 100 implies that the urban area has achieved the targets set for 2030; a score of 0 implies that it is the farthest from achieving the targets among the selected urban areas.
  • Overall or composite urban area scores are then generated from the Goal-wise scores to measure aggregate performance of the urban area.
Urban areas have been classified as below based on their composite score:
    • Aspirant: 0–49
    • Performer: 50–64
    • Front-Runner: 65–99
    • Achiever: 100

Result of SDG Urban Index and Dashboard 2021–22:

Out of 56 urban areas ranked in the index:

  • 44 are with population of above one million.
  • 12 are State capitals with population of less than a million.
  • 25 are in the Performer category and 31 are in the Front Runner category.
RankUrban AreaComposite Score
Top Five Urban Areas
RankUrban AreaComposite Score
Bottom Five Urban Areas
Source: PIB

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