Climate change has already poses an additional challenge to development, especially to the Least Developed Countries and country with fragile geology like Nepal. Addressing climate change is an integral element of sustainable development policies. Strategies for sustainable development and climate change have many common elements, so addressing them jointly can create synergies. Implementation and success of the SDGs will rely on countries’ own sustainable development policies, plans and programmes. Governments will also need to develop their own national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets.
In this context, Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) organized a workshop on “Climate Action Plan and Sustainable Development Goals” on 15 February 2017. During the program the distinguish panelist briefly highlighted on the ongoing progress on taking forward and implementing the provisions of SDGs and Climate Change Action Plan.
The Panelist were:
Hon’ble Member Dr. Prabhu Budhathoki, National Planning Commission (NPC)
Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Population & Environment (MoPE)
Mr. Vijaya P. Singh, Assistant Country Director, United Nation Development Program (UNDP) in Nepal
From UNDP Mr. Vijaya P. Singh stated that ‘Every goals are independent but are interlinked. To achieve SDGs the principle ‘Leaving no one behind should be applied’ prioritizing poor and vulnerable people. Likewise Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) stated that MoPE is the focal institution in climate change sector as a party to the UNFCCC he added MoPE is working to establish a good coordination between line ministries and line agencies. Though there are plans, programs and strategies, the MoPE have no clear mandate to envision bigger plan through this institutional setup.
Dr. Prabhu Budathoki , Honorable member, National Planning Commission stated ,” No official decisions have been made for taking forward SDGs in Nepal, to create and achieve synergy between climate change and sustainable development goals, a long term vision is needed”. On the other hand he also highlighted that NPC is in planning process to include SDG in the budget for next fiscal year.
Further the consultation program was able to enlighten the synergy between climate action plan and SDGs. As these plans are crucial for the developing countries particularly like Nepal, its effective implementation is needed and the required finance can be generated through the commitment made by the developed countries to support the developing countries. It is also important to explore possible domestic support.
Around 45 participants from Government agencies and civil society including I/NGOs, Academia, media and youth groups participated in the program.