In order to promote monitor inclusive and sustainable development, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) launched SAWTEE Centre for Sustainable Development, today in Kathmandu.
The Centre launched today will initially focus on economic transformation in line with the Sustainable Development Goals’ principles of inclusiveness, equity, sustainability, gender mainstreaming, multi-stakeholder approach, good governance and global partnership while also looking at all SDGs in an integrated manner, according to former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, who will be leading the Centre.
Launching the Centre, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pradeep Gyawali, said that Nepal has already internalized the SDGs in its policies and programmes and is working towards integrating them at local levels, which will necessitate support from all stakeholders—domestic and international.
During the event, Dr. Prakash Saran Mahat, former foreign minister emphasized that Nepal’s constitution envisages sustainable and inclusive development, however, the goals could be obtained only through rule-based implementation of these laws and rights.
He added that the private sector should lead the growth while the government should undertake equitable distribution.
The Centre will bring together politics, policies and expertise devoid of ideological content and material interest while fully adhering to scientific approach and ensuring non-partisan research, pointed out Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, chairman of SAWTEE during the event.
He added that the activities of the Centre will contribute not only in existing issues and policies but will also provide alternate ideas to decision makers.
SAWTEE Centre for Sustainable Development (SAWTEE-CSD) has been established to promote and monitor inclusive and sustainable development in Nepal. It is an independent, non-partisan research and advocacy institution.
While the government has to take a lead role in the development of a country, it cannot deliver it alone. A multi-stakeholder approach is key to success. In this spirit, the Centre seeks to play the role of a catalyst and contribute—through research, analysis, dialogue and advocacy—to the country’s accelerated development. The accent will be on structural transformation and job creation, also envisioned by SDGs. The fundamental essence of these goals—an integrated, holistic and multi-stakeholder approach, sustainability, gender mainstreaming, leaving no one behind, and global partnership—will guide the Centre’s activities.
The Centre will be collaborating with all stakeholders in carrying out its activities, including political leaders, civil servants, the private sector, development partners, experts, the academia and beneficiaries.
The Centre aims to pursue a bottom-up approach and contribute to developing a coherent national strategy for the structural transformation of Nepal’s economy that is people-centred and sustainable. Nepal’s adoption of a federal, democratic and republican structure warrants this as all the constituent federal units are responsible for economic development and related activities.
Nepal is a least developed, landlocked and post-conflict country. Global support and partnership plays a critical role in its development efforts. The Centre seeks to aid the national leadership in its development efforts, while enabling an enhanced, meaningful and comprehensive global partnership in the spirit of mutual accountability. The Centre also aims to advance regional cooperation among South Asian nations and beyond in their collective pursuit of sustainable development. This is necessitated by Nepal’s geographic location, its role in the creation and promotion of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), its membership in other sub-regional and inter-regional groupings. The regional partnership is part and parcel of the global partnership, as envisioned by SDGs.
The vision of the Centre is to support accelerated, inclusive and sustainable development and structural transformation of Nepal, taking into account the convergence between the national development goals and the global development framework—SDGs. It also aims to promote meaningful global partnership to effectively complement Nepal’s national efforts.
The activities of the Centre include: (i) policy research and analysis, (ii) public policy debate and advocacy, (iii) monitoring to ensure accountability under a multi-stakeholder approach, and (iv) regional/global dialogues for sharing sustainable development experiences and fostering partnerships.
The Centre is led by Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; former High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and former Foreign Secretary of Nepal. The Centre engages economists, development experts, policy analysts and academics, among other stakeholders, from within and outside Nepal.
SAWTEE Centre for Sustainable Development
Tukucha Marg, Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4444438
Fax: +977 1 4444570
P.O. Box: 19366, Kathmandu, Nepal