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.
Air pollution is the major cause of environmental and public health crisis in Kathmandu Valley. According to report released by World Health Organization (WHO) 2016, the air quality of Kathmandu is five times worse than WHO recommended guidelines. Almost everyone is facing the problem of air pollution in Kathmandu Valley and it is an undeniable fact that air pollution has high public health cost and economic burden to families and as whole to our nation.
Clean Energy Nepal together with Clean Up Nepal, YUWA and many other organizations organized “MASKMANDU2.0 : Clean Air Rally cum Talk Program” under I Care for Clean Air Campaign and Campaign for Clean Air Right(C-CAR) with an objective to draw attention of public and government towards the deteriorating air quality of Kathmandu Valley. It was a campaign, demanding our constitutional right to live in a healthy and clean environment as stated in Article 30 in the Constitution of Nepal 2072.
Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN), Fredskorpset(FK) in collaboration with Pokhara Sub-metropolitian city jointly organized “2nd Pokhara Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum” as Pokhara Clean Air Forum on 27th December, 2016. The annual forum aimed to bring the stakeholders together to initiate policy dialogues enhance partnership and collaboration among stakeholders, and share initiatives and best practices on sustainable urban mobility for better air quality. This year the discussion was focused on need and importance of clean air in Pokhara.
Clean Energy Nepal and Clean Air Network Nepal together with Kathmandu Metropolitan city and Clean Air Asia organized a workshop on 29 November 2016 to support and recognize good environmental governance through clean air certification in Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Around 30 participants from government agencies, non-government agencies, developmental agencies, and academia and air pollution experts participated in the workshop.
Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) organized Virtual Sharing of COP22: "Marrakech to Kathmandu" on Nov 17, 2016 at program hall of Clean Energy Nepal office. The program was coordinated by Rajan Thapa, Program Manager of CEN from Marrakech. In the program, Honorable Minister for Population and Environment Mr. Jaya Dev Joshi, Secretary of Ministry of Population and Environment, Dr. Bishwo Nath Oli, Under Secretary Dr. Ram Prasad Lamsal, President of Environment Protection Council Mr. Janak Raj Chaudhary and Program Manager of CEN, Mr Rajan Thapa shared their remarks. In Marrakech, the delegates including government officials, civil society organization representatives, media persons participated in the program in Marakech Morroco whereas civil society organizations representatives, youths and practitioners participated in the program in CEN.
Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) organized “COP 22 Ground Action Event” to observe the Global Day of Action, 2016 at Mangal Bazaar, Lalitpur on 12th of November, 2016. The event was supported by Oxfam in Nepal whereas Alliance for Agriculture and Food and GROW Campaign were other event partners.
The Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE) together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) organized a UNFCCC COP22 Consultation Program on 23rd September at Roya Singi Hotel, Kathmandu. The program was chaired by Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli Secretary of Ministry of Population and Environment, Honorable Janak Raj Chaudhary, Dr. Ram Prasad Lamsal, Joint Secretary and Chief of Climate Change Management Division, MoPE, and Mr. Naresh Sharma, Under- Secretary, (Tech) and Chief, Climate Finance Management Section, MoPE.
With the objective of reclaiming the street for the promotion of non- motorized transportation, 4th vehicle free campaign “KTM Walks” was organized on Saturday, 17th September, 2016 at Killagal Kathmandu. This time the campaign was initiated by Star club (one of the active local club of Killagal) which was supported by several organizations including Clean Energy Nepal, Resource Centre for Primary Health Care and other local clubs.
Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN) together with Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) and the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) organized a press meet to disseminate the truths associated with Air Pollution in Kathmandu Valley on 6th June, 2016. The meet aimed to clarify the hyped news in media on position of Kathmandu as the third most polluted city in the world and first in Asia and to enhance knowledge and share facts about air quality in the valley.