PM Oli ad­dresses UN As­sem­bly

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Prime Min­is­ter K.P. Sharma Oli ad­dressed the 73rd session of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York last Thurs­day. In his ad­dress, the Prime Min­is­ter high­lighted the his­toric po­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion of Nepal cul­mi­nat­ing in the pro­mul­ga­tion of the new Con­sti­tu­tion, elec­tions to the fed­eral par­lia­ment, provin­cial as­sem­blies and lo­cal lev­els and the for­ma­tion of a stable govern­ment.

Prime Min­is­ter said the vi­sion ahead is of a “com­pre­hen­sive democ­racy that em­pow­ers in­di­vid­u­als not only po­lit­i­cally but also so­cially, eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally”. The pur­suit of mak­ing the UN rel­e­vant to all peo­ple is well cap­tured in the phi­los­o­phy of ‘leav­ing no one be­hind’, and that reach­ing fur­thest be­hind first is not a lux­ury, he added. While re­it­er­at­ing Nepal’s pro­found com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples and pur­poses en­shrined in the UN Char­ter, he un­der­scored the “cen­tral­ity of the United Na­tions as the most le­git­i­mate mul­ti­lat­eral fo­rum to de­lib­er­ate on the chal­lenges that we all con­front glob­ally”. He said that the obli­ga­tion of all Mem­ber States is to pre­serve the sanc­tity of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and up­hold re­spect for in­ter­na­tional law”, adding that the prob­lems that we con­front to­day at global scale can only be over­come by global col­lab­o­ra­tion in ab­so­lute trust and con­fi­dence. The Prime Min­is­ter also held a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res in the af­ter­noon. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two sides dis­cussed var­i­ous as­pects of Nepal-UN co­op­er­a­tion. The Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral com­mended Nepal’s vi­brant democ­racy es­tab­lished through a peace­ful tran­si­tion as im­por­tant ex­am­ple. He ex­pressed the com­mit­ment of the UN to Nepal’s re­con­struc­tion and Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. Af­ter at­tend­ing the UNGA, the Prime Min­is­ter flew to Costa Rica to pay a visit to the South Amer­i­can coun­try. Mean­while, For­eign Min­is­ter Pradeep Ku­mar Gyawali hosted an in­for­mal lun­cheon of the SAARC Coun­cil of Min­is­ters on the side­lines of the UNGA on Fri­day. For­eign/Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ters of the SAARC mem­ber states at­tended the session, ac­cord­ing to the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of Nepal to the United Na­tions. Open­ing the meet­ing, Min­is­ter stated that SAARC process should be ef­fec­tive and re­sul­to­ri­ented for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of the re­gion. The Min­is­ters par­tic­i­pat­ing in the session high­lighted the need to ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment the de­ci­sions made by the Sum­mits and other meet­ings of SAARC. The Meet­ing de­lib­er­ated on var­i­ous agenda per­ti­nent to rein­vig­o­rat­ing and reen­er­gis­ing the SAARC process.

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