Nepalgunj, October 245, 2016: A nationwide â€˜SDGs Roadshowâ€™ has kicked started from Nepalgunj as a campaign to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Started on the occasion of the 71st UN Day, the roadshow was participated by the local government officials, civil society organizations, NGOs, youth groups, academic institutions and media.
To begin with, a presentation was made on the essence of SDGs and where Nepal currently stands with regard to these Goals. It was then followed by a question and answer session and group discussion facilitated by a youth organization on selected themes concerning the Goals.
â€œTo achieve these ambitious and transformative goals, engagement of and commitment by all actors are essential. They include not only the national governments, but also parliaments, local governments, civil society organizations, media, businesses and entrepreneurs, scientists and academia and most importantly people themselves. This is a reason why the information on SDGs need to be disseminated as widely as possible at all levels, hence this Roadshowâ€, said Tomoo Hozumi, Acting UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal. â€œOne of the fundamental principles that underpin the new goals is equity under the phrase of â€˜no-one must be left behindâ€™. People who are hardest to reach should therefore be given priority,â€ Hozumi said.
The Roadshow was also addressed by the LDO Mr. Jeeb Lal Bhusal who stressed on the need to work collectively to achieve the SDGs and improve the lives of people.
The SDGs, adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit in New York in September 2015, calls on all countries in the world to achieve 17 Goals and 169 targets by 2030 to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change. They address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries and aim to build on the work of the historic Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which rallied the world around a 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty between 2000 and 2015. The year 2016 marks the beginning of the implementation of SDGs.
Courtesy: UN Information Centre Nepal