The National Planning Commission has indicated that it will be difficult to achieve Sustainable Development Goals with the existing working style and modality.

NPC secretary Kebal Prasad Bhandari said this while briefing the National Assembly, Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee today about the achievements made in meeting the SDGs.

He cautioned that it would be difficult to meet the SDGs if the political leadership continued with the existing working style and structure in line with the current practice.

"There is a big opportunity for success in periodic elections to the political leadership that works with sincerity and responsibly," he said.

The United Nations had set the SDGs in September 2015 so that no one would be left behind in any aspect of development.

The goals were determined to be fulfilled from 2016 to 2030. The SDGs comprise 17 goals, 169 outcome goals and 232 global indicators.

NPC Vice-chairman Dr Bishwonath Poudel stressed the long-term vision of the political leadership, a well thoughtout plan on the part of the employees and development of a system for result-oriented works.

On the occasion, Committee member Bamdev Gautam expressed commitment to fulfil the desirable role in a bid to meet the SDGs.

Another member, Dina Nath Sharma stressed the need to expedite infrastructure development and link education with production.

He urged the NPC to play a proactive role to foster coordination among the three tiers of government to attain the SDGs.

Committee President Taradevi Bhatta urged the NPC to carry out effective monitoring and assessment regarding the implementation of development projects in a bid to meet the SDGs.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 25 2021, of The Himalayan Times.