The report indicated that Nepal is on right track to achieve most of MDGs targets by 2015 even in a very difficult situation. This report has also helped to prepare the Three Year Plan Approach Paper of the Government of Nepal targeting the MDGs.
In the preparation of the report, nine thematic working groups were formed. In these working groups more than 50 agencies were involved and nine thematic consultants provided their technical inputs. Various consultations were made with a number of concerned stakeholders in the process of preparation of this report.
Nepal is one of the signatory of the Millennium Declaration. The government of Nepal is commited to achieve the MDGs by 2015. The MDGs have broad and quantified targets that require strategic development interventions addressing barriers in many areas like poverty, agriculture development, health and environment sustanibility. Implementation of these intervention requires estimates of the resources needed to achieve the targeted results.
In 2005, the first MDG Needs Assessment Report was published which presented in detail the human, financial and institutional resources requirement to meet the MDGs by 2015. The present Report presents the results of the MDG needs assessment and costing exercise for Nepal which was conducted under the guidance and initiative of the NPC and with the technical support of the UNDP. The present report has emphasized the need for a strong national commitment for the implementation of development interventions identified to meet the MDGs. Moreover, it suggests that there is a need for considerable increase in resources allocations, particularly for achieving goals 1,2 and 7. The present government revenue size and the available foreign resources are not sufficient to achieve the MDGs. Therefore, the government of Nepal will need to mobilize more resources both the domestic and foreign to help address the resources gap for achieving MDGs by stipulated time.
National Planning Commission believes that this report will help to focus the attention of both the government of Nepal and its development partners on the critical issue of policy interventions in various areas and resources gaps that needs to achieve the MDGs by 2015. However, the efficient and effective use of the available resources is also important to reduce the poverty level and achieve high broad based inclusive growth. This will also help to achieve the MDGs by 2015. (Pandey is Joint Secretary at National Planning Commission. This is excerpts of his statement delivered at the launching ceremony)