On the cover - Salman Khan
In 2000, representatives from the (then) 189 member states met to adopt eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were to be achieved by the year 2015. Many of the targets were met by 2015, but the world still needed to keep working to fully achieve the goals as well as tackle new issues. So in September 2015, UN Member States reached an agreement on a new set of 17 goals called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years– from 2016 to 2030, and Nepal was one of them.
As we’ve vowed to achieve these SDGs by 2030, we, as Nepalis, have huge responsibilities towards it. Not only to eradicate poverty and hunger, we’ve also
vowed to ensure good health and well-being among the people. We’ve vowed to ensure quality education, gender equity, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, along with decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and reduced inequalities. Similarly, we’ve promised to create sustainable cities and communities and ensure responsible consumption and production. We’ve pledged to work to make sure that we have clean climate, safe life below water and land, and have peace, justice and institutions in the country. Last but not the least, we’ve planned to develop partnership for the goals.
Two years have already passed, but what we, as Youth of Nepal, have contributed while we can do a lot. Now, it is the time to think, question ourselves and act.
Youth is a period of transition from when we are dependent children to when we are fully independent adults. We are recognised as the change agents and key partners for economic, social, political, and cultural transformation. So, as a youth, we can do a lot.
We can be critical thinkers and make informed decisions. As supporters, we can support good causes and meaningful actions. We can be the motivators who motivate friends and families to think and act differently. Nepal has lot of pressing problems, and as innovators, we can solve them. We can not only become communicators to raise voice to spread messages, but we can also be inspirers who inspire communities and break limitations and prejudices. Likewise, we can be educators to educate younger generations and become contributors who contribute in achieving any one of the 17 SGDs.
As we’ve so much of good qualities for something good, why are we slowing? Let’s become a leader and form a team of like-minded youth and lead.