Nepal’s planning body to reduce SDGs indicators

September 21, 2017

Kathmandu: The baseline report on SDGs has set 428 indicators under 16 various goals that are concerned with Nepal, however, the apex planning body said that it will be tough to monitor and keep proper database of each indicator. The country has to achieve the targets given under each goal, except goal 14 which is related to conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.

“There must be collective effort of the government, private sector, civil society and NGOs to achieve the sustainable development goals,” said Khom Raj Koirala, joint secretary of NPC, adding, “Moreover, we are trying our best to streamline the activities of various stakeholders to achieve the SDGs to bring down the number of indicators.”As per Koirala, strong monitoring system with credible database is critical for the success of SDGs, which is why the NPC is trimming some of the indicators that are mentioned in the baseline report and will soon give a final shape to it.

Based on the indicators set under the various goals, basically, the government and non-governmental organizations develop their programmes to achieve the given targets. The number of indicators is quite high as the NPC has tried to cover the areas of work proposed by NGOs, as per NPC officials. “We will trim down the number of indicators before finalizing the resource requirement to achieve the SDGs by 2030,” they stated.

The government will seek the resources to meet the resources gap after analyzing the potential investment from the government, private sector and NGOs in each sector, according to NPC.

The government has aligned the periodic plan and fiscal budget with the SDGs. The government started 14th three-year plan from last fiscal, which has encompassed the SDGs. The NPC will set the strategies and priorities to achieve the SDGs aligning with the long-term plan of the various ministries like Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agricultural Development and Ministry of Environment, among others.

Source: The Himalayan Times