Youth, Small-scale Projects, Close Neighbors Key for Nepal

Andreas Andreopoulos

Interview by Sai Nikesh D

Nepal’s stature at the international level happens to be one of the key trending topics in the recent times when it comes to small nations undergoing rapid transformation. As a process, Nepal has made major strides in various fields and is gradually graduating to the next level of development in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In an interview with the Nepali Sansar Bureau (NSB), Andreas Andreopoulos, Head of Sustainable Future Eco Landmarks (SFEL) International Secretariat, Sustainable Holistic Development Global Expert and Founding President of METIS Global Awareness Network, and analyst of applications of communication, M.Ed. With substantial contribution by Kamal Parajuli, Nepal SEFL Focal Point member, shared his views on a wide range of issues pertaining to Nepal’s developmental status and path towards sustainable development.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Q1. Nepali Sansar Bureau (NSB): How do you see the current state of development in Nepal and its way ahead in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)?

Q2. NSB: Climate change is one of the key aspects that the world nations are discussing in line with the Paris Agreement. What developments you notice in case of Nepal, considering the country’s vulnerability to climate change?

Q3. NSB: How do you find Nepal’s commitment under Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?

Q4. NSB: How do you find the reforms, policies and overall governance in Nepal? How inclined are they being to the international development agendas?

Q5. NSB: Smart cities and urban planning, renovating heritage sites, adding new energy projects, building new airports, among others indicate a booming infrastructure development in Nepal supported by Public Private Partnership (PPP) and foreign investment. How do you look at this aspect?

Q6. NSB: In line with the changing environment, Nepal is making major strides towards going digital, as evident in pitching for digital TV broadcasting, introduction of technology-driven services across sectors, among others. How do you look at this innovative transformation?

Q7. NSB: Nepal is keen on go green initiatives as evident in the implementation of no-horn policy in Kathmandu and planning to expand the same nation-wide, pitching for green vehicles and bio fuel usage, and encouraging renewable energy projects, among others. What’s your take on this?

Q8. NSB: What are the key domestic sectors with strong investment and growth potential that can ensure good Return on Investment (RoI)?

Q9. NSB: Considering the demand Nepal holds across various domestic sectors’ what projection do you have on Nepal’s investment and infrastructure potential for 2030?

Q10. NSB: Participation at the 72nd UNGA Session, presenting at the International Conference on Snow Leopard Protection, winning UNHRC Candidature, signing of Nuclear Treaty, among various key developments. How do you find Nepal’s progress on a global scale?

Q11. NSB: Can you brief up UN’s take on ‘New Nepal’ in terms of key indicators such Culture, Innovation, Sustainable Development, Law and Governance, Economic Development, Preserving Heritage, Ease of doing Business, Engaging Stakeholders, Mitigating Climate Challenges among others?

 

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