Twin-cities Noida and Great Noida have been selected by the United Nations to participate in the Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative under which, the UN aims to create 25 model cities around the world that will be completely compliant and sustainable.

The United Nations has launched the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) cities initiative under which, the global organisation will make a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity – which are otherwise known as Global Goals. Under this initiative, UN has selected a total of 25 cities from all around the world in five different categories, and these cities will serve as “role models” for other cities around the world and promote moving towards achieving the SDG 2030.

So under the pilot SDG 2015 plan, the UN has officially selected Indian state Uttar Pradesh’s twin cities – Noida and Great Noida to participate in the Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative under the “University City” category. So according to the plan, Noida and Great Noida will receive immense educational reforms and will complete with elite global university cities like Cambridge, Palo Alto and Heidelberg. This is a very positive step ahead for India, and especially for the Uttar Pradesh government, as the two cities have been selected as the only invitee cities from India, ahead of metropolitans like Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The invitation for the twin cities was formally extended by the UN CEO of Global Sustainability Index Institute Roland Schatz to Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh in presence of Shubhro Sen, the principal advisor, India, SDG Initiative on Sunday. And with support from the United Nations, the state and central government will move forward to make positive development and make these cities a sustainable role model for the world.

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