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Non-Alligned Movement stands for cooperation: PM Dahal

Kathmandu, Jan 19: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said the history of human civilization has abundantly taught us that it is only the ‘cooperation’ through which humanity can achieve greater and better.

PM Dahal said it while addressing the 19th Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) under the theme of ‘Deepening Cooperation for Shared Global Affluence’ in Kampala, Uganda, on Friday. “NAM itself stands for deepening solidarity, fraternity, and cooperation. We must strive to achieve shared affluence through stronger collaboration among ourselves,” the Prime Minister said.

As he said during the forum, prosperity cannot be the privilege of a few. It must be for everyone and every country. We must create a level playing field within and among the comity of nations so that global affluence will be shared as equitably as possible.

Dahal commented that the consequences of old and new conflicts have engulfed not only the region but also the entire world, particularly the Global South. “This is high time that we find an enduring solution for peace and security through political dialogue and diplomacy with respect and dignity for all.”

As the most representative organization after the United Nations, the Movement must play a defining role in establishing a just, equitable, and prosperous world for security, stability, and prosperity, PM Dahal asserted. As he said, NAM’s timeless values and principles have remained sacrosanct to us; and adherence to which has been guiding us to achieve a peaceful, harmonious, and prosperous world.

Non-alignment base of Nepal’s foreign policy

The government head apprised the Summit that Nepal pursues independent, objective, balanced, and non-aligned foreign policy. “Our foreign policy is based on sovereign equality, mutual respect, mutual benefit, and peaceful settlement of disputes. Principles of non-alignment constitute one of the fundamental tenets of Nepal’s foreign policy.”

Nepal believes in the eternal truths of Peaceful Coexistence as taught by the icon of peace, Gautam Buddha. Likewise, Unity in Diversity, and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam meaning ‘the world is one family’ have been the way of our daily lives. These values are deeply rooted in our socio-cultural ethos since time immemorial.

As a peace-loving nation, Nepal deplores all kinds of conflicts and geo-political rivalries in the world. The conflict situation in Ukraine and Gaza is deeply distressing.

Nepal for peace, stability in Middle East

Nepal looks forward to seeing peace and stability in the Middle East with a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within secure and recognized international borders based on relevant United Nations resolutions.

At home, Nepal is close to concluding its unique, nationally owned, and home-grown peace process. We are determined to secure enduring peace through resolving transitional justice once and for all. As a leader who emerged from conflict, I believe that peace is possible and so is addressing historical, socio-cultural, and economic injustice both within nations and globally, provided our strong faith and willingness.

As a graduating LDC, Nepal is facing multitudes of challenges in her development efforts. As the Chair of LDCs, I call upon the international community for an enhanced level of cooperation to support the LDCs in letters and spirits of cooperation to get them out of the vicious cycle of poverty and to drive them to the path of prosperity.
Mountains suffering tremendously

Coming from a mountainous country, I must say something about the mountains amidst this august gathering here. Mountains are the home of 15% of the global population and 50% of Earth’s biodiversity.

These mountains offer global services to all living beings, but they are suffering tremendously. Nepal has been advocating for the protection of mountains, bio-diversities, and mountain ecosystems, and people living therein, he apprised the gathering. ” We have witnessed the disastrous impact of climate change on the Himalayas in the form of receding glaciers at an alarming rate and the untold misery it would bring to the lives and livelihoods of billions.

Protecting the mountain ecosystem, mountain civilization, and biodiversity is in our shared interests. For this, I call upon fellow NAM members to support our call- the call of the Himalayas.”

Utmost sincerity among NAM members essential

Urging the NAM members to reaffirm commitment to the values and principles of non-alignment and avoid any double standards amongst the selves. “Let’s work together with utmost sincerity, harmony, solidarity, and cooperation for our shared affluence. Let us reinvigorate NAM to make it a force to be reckoned with to build a just, equitable, peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous world leaving no one behind.”

Finally, he appreciated appreciate the fruitful deliberations and adoption of ‘Final Document’ and ‘Kampala Declaration’ produced by the Ministerial meeting. #Nepal