With Yeti Airlines, the Global Goals fly high in Nepal
The Global Goals have gained new heights in Nepal with Yeti Airlines Domestic – a private sector domestic airliner – branding their ATRs with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In partnership with the United Nations (UN) in Nepal and Yeti Airlines, the SDG-branded rollout was unveiled in Kathmandu in September at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA).
Yeti Airlines CEO Umesh Chandra Rai and Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director were present on the occasion of launching ceremony.
"This is a powerful example to show the world that in partnership with the private sector, the Sustainable Development agenda can really take off," Mayer said, on the occasion. "We are highly pleased to finally see these aeroplanes flying in Nepali skies spreading the messages on how we can tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” he said adding that the UN has been exploring ways in which the UN could help the local businesses grow more responsible and SDG friendly. "With Yeti, we hope to soon unveil equally inspiring joint initiatives that help Nepal meet the global goals by 2030.”
With its SDG-branded aircraft, shuttle buses, handy SDG leaflets, donate now link inclusion in Yeti Airlines official website, branding of the boarding pass and social media campaigns, the airline is expected to reach thousands of people with concrete and action-oriented messages on the global goals.
“The branding of our ATR 72-500 aircraft with the UN SDGs logo demonstrates Yeti Airlines continuing commitment to promote them wherever possible and to do what it can to assist Nepal achieve them," he added.
They require investment by all sectors, especially the private sector, that has a tremendous amount of experience and influence, as well as impact on many aspects of Agenda 2030. As such, Yeti Airlines was one of the first in Nepal’s private sector to partner with the UN to promote the SDGs and address many key issues facing Nepal over the next 15 years, and by branding its aircraft with the logos, Yeti and the UN is helping bring the SDGs to the entire country.
The initiative is part of the Airlines’ on-going partnership with the UN in Nepal for the promotion and achievement of the SDGs. Following an agreement earlier in May, the airliner and the UN in Nepal have come forward with a series of joint programmes and activities aimed at raising awareness on the SDGs and helping Nepal meet some of the Global Goals targets. Under the partnership, the UN and Yeti Airlines Domestic will also collaborate to explore, adopt and promote innovative and sustainable business models in the aviation and tourism industry that would help Nepal meet some specific SDG indicators in the areas of climate change adaptation, poverty reduction and gender equality.
Adopted by the UN Member States, including Nepal, in September 2015, the SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, are a bold, universal agreement to end poverty in all its dimensions and craft an equal, just and secure world – for the people, the planet and prosperity – by 2030. The SDGs recognize the private sector as one of the key partners in advancing the Global Goals. The private sector has significant potential to bring in resources, technology and innovation to aid and accelerate the SDG implementation process.