Nepal Takes Centre Stage Ahead Of Global Goals Launch
KATHMANDU – Nepali mountaineer Nimdoma Sherpa has led a team from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) into Gorkha district to unfurl a flag representing one of the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of an international effort to bring the goals to the world’s attention.
The flag-raising comes ahead of this week’s UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York where the goals will be formally adopted by world leaders.
Nimdoma overcame rain, fog, rough trails and a steep ascent to reach the earthquake-stricken village of Kerauja. Five months earlier this community was mourning its dead and salvaging what it could in the rubble of homes destroyed by the 25 April earthquake.
Chandra Bahadur Gurung is one of the Kerauja villagers who witnessed the flag-raising. “After all the hardship our village has suffered following the earthquake, we are proud to have been chosen to carry this message to the world,” he said.
The flag-raising is one of 17 around the world – one for each of the global goals – and is part of a collaborative effort called Project Everyone to bring the goals to the planet’s seven billion people.
Together, the goals aim to end hunger and extreme poverty, overcome inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change – with a deadline of 2030. They present an historic opportunity to change the world for the better.
Nimdoma raised the flag for Goal 2 which focuses on ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture – aims that are also enshrined in the Government of Nepal’s policies, including the Agriculture Development Strategy.
“The long, tough trails we travelled represent the hard task ahead of achieving zero hunger. But when people work together, zero hunger can be achieved,” said Nimdoma. “I raised this flag here in the Himalayas for Nepal, for WFP and for all the world.”
As a child in Simigaon, Dolakha district, Nimdoma received WFP school meals. In 2008, at the age of 17, she became the then-youngest woman to summit Mount Everest. Now, she uses her climbing expertise to help WFP bring humanitarian relief to remote communities affected by the April earthquake.
Community members enthusiastically welcomed Nimdoma, who arrived with a train of mules bringing WFP rice and pulses as part of the earthquake response. The team used trails that have been rehabilitated by WFP and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).
# # #
Broadcast-quality video of the flag-raising is available to download here:
High-resolution photos are available to download here:
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media
For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org):
Seetashma Thapa, WFP/Nepal Mob. +977 9851 177 901
Ramjee Dahal, WFP/Nepal Mob. +977 9851 057 843