Nepali civil society organizations for common position on Post-2015 development agenda

13 Mar 2013

imageGovernment and civil society representatives attending a consultation session to articulate post-2015 development agenda in Nepali capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda (second from the left on the dias) giving her remarks. PHOTO: Tapa Dipti Sitaula/UNDP Nepal

As a part of ongoing consultations on post-2015 development agenda, NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN) organized a National Civil Society Consultation Programme on Post-2015 Development Framework today. Major civil society organizations and key stakeholders, including government agencies, participated in the consultation. Nepali civil society organizations (CSOs) have begun intensifying discussion among themselves to zero in on a position paper that represents civil society view at national level. NFN has already conducted similar district and regional level consultations within Nepal.

During the consultation programme, UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda urged participants to be focused on few areas that really articulate Nepal’s needs. “The priorities should be measurable, focused and realistic”, she said. She also urged all civil society members to actively contribute towards determining the priority areas for Nepal. “UN is not here to lead this process; rather it is here to backstop and facilitate your efforts”, she added.

Post-2015 consultations are part of international effort to formulate development agenda beyond current Millennium Development Goals which were originally set to be achieved by 2015

In July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015. The Panel is co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and it includes leaders from civil society, private sector and governments.

To inform the High Level Panel, national consultations led by UN Country team are currently taking place in above 60 countries. The national consultations are intended to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities.

While Nepal is not part of these national consultations yet, UN Country Team in Nepal will soon initiate the process which will complement the ongoing initiatives of government, development partners and civil society.