Kathmandu, Sept 21: Nepal will be vocally raising development-related topics in the high-level meetings of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. The high-level meetings are taking place from September 23 to 27 in New York, USA. The 74th UNGA commenced on September 17.
Nepal will participate actively in and express its views regarding its development priorities and international issues of common concern in the high-level meetings related to climate change, sustainable development, global health concern, high-level political forum for sustainable development, investment for development and least developed countries affairs, among other topics.
Heads of State or of Government or Vice President or Deputy Prime Minister or Minister for Foreign Affairs and delegates from 188 countries of the world will participate in the UNGA.
A Nepali delegation including Minister for Forests and Environment, Shakti Bahadur Basnet, will participate in a meeting related to climate change to be held on September 23. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is leading the delegation.
Nepal will inform the meeting regarding the implementation of the Climate Change-2019 strategy by the government as well as the measures adopted towards adaptation capacity enhancement, and the progress made in agriculture and food security, and forest and bio-diversity conservation.
Similarly, Nepal will share in the meeting about reducing the impact and the effect of drought, too much rain and scanty rain on human livelihood and the reality Nepal is suffering from the climate change effects although it has zero contribution to the green house gas emission.
Likewise, the efforts made by the Government of Nepal towards achieving the third goal of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as expanding the cooperation of the international community would be reviewed in the high-level meeting on global health concern. The achievements made by Nepal in the health sector and challenges will also be shared in this meeting.
Foreign Affairs Minister Gyawali, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Upendra Yadav and Secretary at the Ministry of Health Dr Pushpa Chaudhari will participate in the meeting.
President of the Sustainable Development Committee under the National Assembly, Tara Devi Bhatta and member Dina Nath Sharma, and National Planning Commission member Krishna Prasad Oli will assist the delegation led by Foreign Minister Gyawali in another meeting related to the current assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).