Nepal discusses poverty, terrorism at UNGA

October 12, 2017

Kathmandu: The government has suggested a need for raising the issues of climate change impact, combating terrorism and poverty in the least developed and land-locked countries at the 72nd united nations general assembly.

Before the event, the diplomats and foreign affairs experts came up with suggestions to the government before its participation in the UN important event. They were univocally quoted in Rastriya Samachar Samiti as saying that Nepal should raise the agenda of world’s collective efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of poverty alleviation, nuclear arms-free world and priorities other issues concerning the least developed countries

UN’s former permanent representative of Nepal, Dr Jayraj Acharya was of the view that Nepal should raise the issues focusing on combined efforts against terrorism, consequences of climate change faced by LDCs like Nepal and collective efforts for poverty reduction.

Seeking the attention of the world to address the problem of displacement of minorities and indigenous nationalities due to the impact of climate change, Dr Acharya asserted,” Nepal should strongly raise its voice in favour of the nuclear arms-free world.

Nepal has been regularly taking part in the UNGA since it became the UN member in 1955.

The then Prime Minister BP Koirala was the first Prime Minister of Nepal to take part in the UNGA in 1960. Nepal is always committed to the panchasheel (five principles of foreign policies) and has special contribution to the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission. It has been sending security personnel to the Mission for the past six decades.

Dr Suresh Chalise, who has already served as the Nepal’s Ambassador for the United States and the United Kingdom, said Nepal should utilise the UNGA as a platform for drawing the global concern to find a peaceful solution to the political unrest seen in the Asia and Middle East Asia. “The competition of demonstrating the strength of arms in these regions is really a matter of grave concern and the attention of international community should be drawn towards it,” he remarked.

The world community from the same forum should be apprised of the success achieved in the attempts to upgrade the nation to a developing country (from the category of the LDC) by 2022, he added.

The PM’s scheduled visit has been taken with more priority in the context that Nepal has fielded its candidacy for member in the International Human Rights Council under the United Nations, and that no participation has been taken on behalf of Nepal in the 70th and 71st UNGA at Prime Ministerial level.

PM Deuba’s Foreign Affairs advisor Dr Dinesh Bhattarai said there was a need for Nepal to apprise the world of its political achievements and events, and incidents occurred in the world, in the capacity of UN’s member.

He also said Nepal’s foreign policy is centered on ways to carry out development work, and wipe out poverty by through harmony, assistance and support in the world community, and by promoting relations with neighbouring countries based on trust, while focusing on national interest.

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) was convened at UN Headquarters on September 12 and it ran until September 25 . ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’ is the theme for the session.

Source: The Himalayan Times