Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2030: National Report - Nepal
Sustainable Development has been a global agenda since the last 25 years. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on Millennium Declaration in the year 2000 by the United Nations (UN) has set foundation for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) held in September 2014 prepared solid foundation for SDGs and finally agreed in the UNGA held in September 2015. Nepal, as a member of the UN, is a part of this global initiative. Sustainable development continues to be in-built in Nepal's socio-economic development. Nepal's efforts for the successful implementation of the MDGs have also opened new avenues for the implementation of SDGs planned for 2016-2030. Even before SDGs were endorsed and adopted by the UNGA in September 2015, the Government of Nepal was already in the process of preparing a National Report. This document is the final outcome of this preparation process. The Report assesses the national situation by each SDG from national perspectives, examines their relevance in the national context and provides inputs for national planning, dialogue, and shows a pathway for implementation. Further, this report is expected to guide Nepal in operationalizing the SDGs at all levels national, regional and local. It contains goal-wise indicators and their quantitative benchmarks. Nepal is also aspiring to graduate from the least developed country (LDC) by 2022; and thus the SDGs indicators set by the Government of Nepal (GoN) will help in achieving these novel goals.