KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Sophie Kemkhadge, the deputy country director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has said that the government, private sector and all stakeholders should be on board to make sure that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are met.
Speaking at an orientation for journalists on SDGs on Monday, Kemkhadge said the government should localize and institutionalize the SDGs framework as soon as possible to work toward achieving the goals and targets laid out in the agenda for the sustainable development.
The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 global goals, born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and agreed upon by 193 countries in 2015, are built on the success of the Millennium Development Goals with a conclusion that more needs to be done to improve people’s life in a sustainable way.
“The clock is ticking. Out of 15 years, one year has already passed and we have 14 years left to achieve the goals,” said Kemkhadge. “As earlier as we have a plan of what we want to do at the national level, the better we would be able to come up with actions to implement it,” Kemkhadge added.
She also said that it is the responsibilities of each member state to ensure that the goals of sustainable development are achieved. “The UN and other institutions are here to promote SDGs, but it is predominantly the responsibility of the country to attain the SDGs,” she said.