Kathmandu, January 24:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Environment Union (IUCN) Nepal today signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a long-term project to sensitise the issue of environment in the constitution to be formed through the election of the constituent assembly.
Surendra Shrestha, regional director of the UNEP, and Prabhu Budhathoki, the country representative of the ICUN Nepal, signed the document for â€œMainstreaming Environmental Rights and Sustainable Development into the New Constitution of Nepalâ€ in the capital today.
â€œDemocracy is linked to sustainable economy, which is further linked to the sustainability of environmental goods and services.
These are the three building blocks of sustainable development,â€ Budhathoki said.
Surendra Shrestha said challenges for sustainable development and sustained economic growth are in the forefront of the political leadership.
Within this partnership agreement, three major projects are being initiated. The IUCN is leading the project on â€œMainstreaming Environmental Rights and Sustainable Development
into the New Constitution of Nepalâ€, WWF Nepal will lead â€œPost Conflict Assessmentâ€ and NTNC will lead the project on â€œBagmati Riover Conservationâ€.