DEVELOPMENT GOALS

  • Voice Of The People

Jul 14, 2017-It was encouraging to know that Nepal has secured the third position in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index among the South Asian nations (‘Nepal ranks 3rd in South Asian Sustainable Development Goals index’, July 8, Money I). One of the primary objectives of the SDGs is to end poverty and hunger. They also aim to promote the well-being of all people, sustainable industrialisation, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and decent work for all. Other goals include reducing inequality, making cities inclusive, safe and resilient, ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, and taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. 

Nepal still needs to put in a lot of effort to attain other SDGs for which it should start formulating plans and programmes, focusing on ending hunger (Goal 2), fostering good health and well-being (Goal 3), ensuring access to affordable and clean energy (Goal 7) and promoting decent work and economic growth. It also needs to make efforts to attain other goals such as the promotion of sustainable industrialisation and innovation (Goal 9), creation of sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11) and establishment of peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16). Looking at the existing pattern of implementation of the government’s annual plan and 

programmes and realising the limitation of its financial resources, Nepal faces many challenges ahead to meet these goals. 

- Rai Biren Bangdel

Maharjgunj

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

It pleases all who closely follow developments in Nepal’s foreign policy that new and suitable appointments are being made (‘Bhattarai appointed PM Deuba’s foreign affairs advisor’, July 10, TKP Online). Bhattarai is a highly accomplished Nepali intellectual, writer, and foreign policy analyst. As a Nepali diplomat close to former prime minister Sushil Koirala, he played an important role in bringing about the historic Modi-Sharif handshake during the last Saarc Summit in Kathmandu. This is an important transformational period in our foreign policy, that is caught between looking east versus west, while our southern neighbour is one of the world’s fastest growing economic and democratic model that we can learn important lessons from. We can also emulate our northern neighbour China’s high-tech Silk Road 

networking approach.  

- Surya B Prasai

Washington DC

 

ROAD SAFETY

When people are killed or maimed on zebra crossings, it is no accident (‘Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?’, July 9, Page 2). Since it is mandatory for people to take to zebra crossings to cross roads, it is the state’s duty to ensure their safety. It can install traffic lights at all zebra crossings to halt traffic completely for a minute or two to allow pedestrians to pass. Pedestrians should not have to worry about negligent and rash drivers. 

Drivers or owners of vehicles must be made accountable for tens of millions of compensatory fines to a victim’s family. If there are no laws for this, we need one pronto. This is the only way to control death and injury of law-abiding citizens. The state must not take this issue lightly.

Also, the road mandarins must fix up the jams (‘Constant jams become a commuter’s nightmare’, July 9, Page 2) and pave the roads before worrying about the 72km outer Ring Road. They should get their priorities right before spreading themselves thin. As it is, the widened arc of the Ring Road from Koteshwor to Ekantakuna lies in despair. 

- Manohar Shrestha

via email

Published: 14-07-2017 08:46

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