Nepal needs to accelerate the progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, government officials, civil society leaders and development experts observed, marking the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
At a joint program organized by the Government of Nepal National Planning Commission, NGO Federation, CSO Forum on SDGs and United Nations Development Programme speakers said while Nepal is on the frontlines in the process of localizing the SDGs, substantive investment is need to make sure Nepal meets all the SDG targets.
All countries across the globe, including Nepal adopted the Sustainable Development Goals on 25 September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly, presenting a universal framework for development to be achieved in 15 years, from 2015 to 2030.
“All the development programs of the Government of Nepal are now SDG-coded, which helps us track the progress made against each of the 17 Development Goals and targets,” said Dr. Narayan Poudel, Joint Secretary at the NPC taking stock of the progress made towards localising the SDGs. Localizing the SDGs at the local level, Poudel said, is a challenge as Nepal is currently undergoing a complex process of federalization.
Government of Nepal was among the first countries in the world to publish SDG status report taking stock of the progress made in the past 15 years and setting national targets and indicators for the next 15 years.
Also speaking at the interaction, CSO representatives expressed serious concern over slow progress in the areas of governance reforms, including anti-corruption and civic engagement. UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand underscored on the need for collective efforts to help Nepal achieve the Global Goals saying “it is everybody’s responsibility”. Other speakers at the program included, Member of Parliament, Deepak Prakash Bhatta, President, NGO Federation of Nepal Gopal Lamsal, Vice-Chair of NPC Dr. Pushpa Raj Kandel, Chair of Beyond Beijing Committee, Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, Secretary General of Transparency International Padmini Pradhananga and others.
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