KATHMANDU, Sept 29: Nepal seems to fall behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the progress is not satisfactory, warned stakeholders. However, as compared to only 12 percent of the 140 SDGs targets likely to be achieved globally, Nepal has fared better.
According to the Nepal Civil Society Report on SDGs-2023 published by the NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN), Nepal has achieved seven percent of the targets, two percent are progressing; 39 percent have some progress when it is halfway to 2030, the deadline for meeting the SDGs. However, 18 percent of the targets are regressing, whereas 26 percent have limited and 36 percent have missing values.
Despite this progress, the country still faces challenges induced by many factors including the impacts of COVID-19, the economic impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war and geopolitical dynamics, said the NFN President Ram Prasad Subedi at a press meet organized to provide information about progress on the SDGs.
He alleged the lack of coordination among the governments at all three levels, stakeholders and civil society for the 'weak' implementation of the SDGs. "The progress on the SDGs is not satisfactory eight years into its implementation. Given this sluggish progress, only 60 percent achievement will be secured by 2030, the timeline for achieving the goals," he said. There is a weak part in collecting data and monitoring the implementation of the SDGs, he added.
Stating that the local and provincial levels are unaware about the SDGs, he called for empowering them to effectively implement the SDGs.
Similarly, the NFN Secretary General Arjun Bhattarai called for equal participation of youths in the social, economic and political development endeavors as they, he said, play a critical role in the implementation of the SDGs. He also demanded the creation of a mechanism at the local level to collect data on the SDGs.
Taking immediate action to increase women's representation in leadership is essential and meaningful participation of the government at all three levels should be ensured, the participating stakeholders demanded. Likewise, the government should systematically collect, process and utilize disaggregated data to verify progress and inclusion in government programs and overall SDGs achievements. They also called for the management of required budget, resources and partnership development for the effective implementation of the SDGs.