PM Oli addresses UN Assembly
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.