As a UN member, Nepal has committed to achieving the goals and targets and has developed indicators to measure its success. The Government of Nepal (GoN) has started to mainstream the SDGs into national planning and budgeting system with National Planning Commission (NPC) as a focal point. The fourteenth Plan (2016/17-2018/19) internalizes key aspects of SDGs and Nepal has also started to integrate integration of SDGs into periodic plans. In addition, the annual programme and budgets of 2016/17 and 2017/18 have been aligned with the SDGs by introducing SDG coding to each and every programme.
Along with NPC, many stakeholders including private sectors and civil society organizations have started taking initiative to implement the SDGs in Nepal. WWF Nepal initiated its process of influencing the national strategies for SDGs since 2016 through advocacy and roll outs programs on the SDGs at the national and state levels. WWF Nepal helped build capacity of the Environment Protection Committee (EPC), one of the thirteen committees of Legislature Parliament of Nepal on SDGs and later supported the committee in rolling out of SDGs at the national and local levels to engage the broad spectrum of multi-stakeholders on SDGs.
With the successful completion of local elections and local government at place, WWF Nepal aimed to enhance the capacity of elected local bodies on SDGs. Youth Alliance for Environment (YAE) supported the initiatives of WWF Nepal to build the capacity of newly elected local bodies and representatives to mainstream SDGs in local planning and decisions making process as a partner organization. Three workshops were carried out each in Dang, Dolakha and Bara between early March and early May 2018. District Coordination Committee of respective districts were coordinated to invite the local governments and organize the workshop, while WWF Nepal and YAE facilitated and supported the workshops.
The workshops can be considered a success, firstly because conclusion was drawn upon consensus that all the SDGs are directly linked to local government business, thus, those goals, targets and indicators should be internalized in the local government planning and other activities. Secondly, all the participants took active participation both in the presentation sessions and group exercise and came up with a sample plan where the need based programs and activities had been aligned with the sustainable goals targets. Thirdly, the participants got involved and identified the priority goals and agreed upon it and fourthly, all the participants agreed to mainstream SDGs in their upcoming planning for the next fiscal year.