Government begins talks on post-MDG agenda

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2014-

As the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is coming to an end in 2015, the government has initiated discussions on post-MDG development agenda.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a proposal to the Finance Ministry

asking the latter to hold discussions on devising the country’s development agenda post-MDG.

Government officials said the current discussions are concentrated on finding a common agenda which the government agencies will put forth in global forums.

During a meeting of officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, National Planning Commission, Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry on Sunday, they discussed forming a high-level committee headed by an NPC member to formulate development agenda post-2015.

“Discussions are under way to set priorities of Nepal after 2015, estimate resources required to meet those targets, and to find ways to seek global cooperation,” said Madhu Marashini, chief at the Finance Ministry’s International Cooperation Coordination Division.

Another meeting of the officials is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

MDG Progress Report 2013 jointly prepared by the NPC and UNDP has called for consolidating and sustaining the country’s achievement so far, and making efforts to meet unmet targets and addressing the gaps.

According to the report, Nepal is likely to meet most

of the MDG targets, including poverty and hunger, universal primary education, gender equality and women’s

empowerment, child mortality and maternal health,

by 2015.

The targets that are unlikely to be met by the time include those related to HIV/AIDS, malaria and

other diseases, environmental sustainability and global

partnership.

The report has also urged focus on eight areas while fixing the post-MDG agenda—good governance, urbanisation, remittance, labour migration and national development, productive employment, addressing disparity and inequality, zero tolerance to gender based violence, equitable access to quality health care service and adaptation to climate change.

Currently, discussions and preparations are undergoing to set the global post-MDG agenda. According to the United Nations website, dialogue is being initiated through the UN’s Development Cooperation Forum on the possible features of a renewed global partnership for development, and characteristics of a monitoring and accountability framework.

Representatives from governments, civil society, philanthropic organisations, academia and the private sector are engaged in these talks. National consultations on post-2015 development agenda are under way in more than 70 countries.

The United Nations Development Group has organised a set of 11 thematic consultations, on conflict and fragility; education; environmental sustainability; governance; growth and employment; health; hunger, food and nutrition; inequalities; population dynamics; energy; and water.

Published: 18-06-2014 11:03

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