Monday, July 31, 2017

NPC calls on local bodies to own SDGs

Calling on the government to make adequate funds available to local bodies so that various programmes could be rolled out to meet the UN-backed goals, National Planning Commission (NPC) has referred to newly-formed bodies as key players in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The new constitution has given significant power to the local bodies, enabling them to not only frame and implement development programmes on their own but also to work as judiciary to make the people get justice at gtheir doorstep. As the local bodies can also frame guidelines and procedures on their own to govern themselves, they must align their plans, policies and programmes with the SDGs to meet the target, according to National Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report prepared by the planning commission, also suggests that the resources need to be allocated properly, otherwise 'implementation of SDGs at local level will be difficult'.
Recommeding a strong partnership between three tiers of government – federal, provincial and local – is extremely necessary to integrate the SDGs into local level structures, the report states that consultation, workshops and trainings will be required to ensure that SDGs are incorporated in provincial and local plans. "It is also equally important to ensure effective participation of women, youth and other marginalised groups in planning and implementation of SDGs at local level.”
A follow-up on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expired at the end of 2015, SDGs is a set of 17 goals and 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues to be met by 2030.
SDGs aim at promoting well-being of all the people, sustainable industrialisation, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and employment and decent work for all, apart from the key goals to end poverty and hunger from the world, reducing inequality; making cities inclusive, safe and resilient; ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns; and taking urgent actions to combat climate change and its impacts.
However, meeting the SDG targets require at least $1.5 trillion a year at the global level.
Likewise, Nepal is, according to the report, trying to manage financial resources from a triangular partnership including public and private sector as well as development partners.

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