Nimdoma treks to GorkhaNepali mountaineer Nimdoma Sherpa led a team from the World Food Programme into Gorkha to unfurl a flag representing one of the goals
As part of an international effort to highlight United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Nepali mountaineer Nimdoma Sherpa led a team from the World Food Programme into Gorkha to unfurl a flag representing one of the goals.
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. Sherpa, who submitted all seven highest peaks of seven continents, trekked through rough terrains to earthquake-devastated Kerauja village to hoist the flag.
According to WFP, 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. “The goals aim to end hunger and extreme poverty, overcome inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change—with a deadline of 2030,” WFP said.
“I was chosen to unfurl the flag symbolising Zero Hunger in my country after the earthquake devastated our beautiful mountains,” Sherpa said. “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.”
Community members welcomed Sherpa who arrived with a train of mules bringing WFP rice and pulse as part of the earthquake response. Local Chandra Bahadur Gurung said: “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.”