Implementation key to sustainable dev: experts

- Chahana Sigdel, Kathmandu

Aug 19, 2014-

Access to adequate means of implementation is the key area that Nepal needs to focus on while making sustainable development goals, according to experts.

National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokharel said the problem exists not in budget allocation, but in the implementation of the available budget.

He also stressed on the need to prioritise the private sector’s role, referring to the recent thematic discussions among various stakeholders on Post-2015 development agenda as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire next year.

More than 200 organisations, including civil society, private sector and trade unions, divided into various thematic groups have been working on recommendations for the government for new development goals. These groups on thematic areas such as poverty reduction, sustainable agriculture, primary health care, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, infrastructure and industrialisation, sustainable cities, climate change, ecosystem, peaceful inclusive society and means of implementation/global partnership presented the outcomes of discussions on proposed goals during a multiple stakeholder meeting organised by the NGO Federation Nepal last week.

Along with civil society organisations, development partners and government officials were also present at the meeting to discuss sustainable goals in Nepal’s context.

Sharing his views on the presentations made by these groups, Pokharel said many of the goals needed modification while setting country-specific targets.

Arjun Karki, international coordinator of the LDC Watch, said means of implementation was more important than setting targets itself. The NGO Federation along with the different thematic committees will submit the proposed agendas and suggestions to the government by the end of this month.

NGO Federation Chairperson Sharmila Karki said they were close to finalising the document by taking into consideration observations made by experts. “We will submit outcomes of the nationwide deliberation to the government on behalf of civil society and we will continue to lobby if they are not considered,” Karki said.

Nepal is scheduled to present its position at an inter-governmental meeting to be held in New York starting September 20.

The Post-2015 agenda is being discussed to eradicate poverty through sustainable development. Also known as Sustainable Development Goals, they were a major outcome of the Rio Conference in 2010. The agenda will include an overall narrative and guiding principle and new sets of goals and targets to measure progress within 2016-2030.

Published: 20-08-2014 09:10

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