Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba underlined the need to increase the number of Nepali nationals in higher positions commensurate with Nepal’s contribution as the sixth largest troop and police contributing country.
Reiterating Nepal’s commitment to peacekeeping, the Prime Minister Deuba called the United Nations for making the best use of Nepal’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre, oldest in the region, and help develop it as a regional center of excellence for peacekeeping training.
Prime Minister Deuba suggested this while a meeting with Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General at the latter’s office. They exchanged views on a number of issues ranging from the implementation of the Constitution to Nepal’s role in UN peacekeeping operations, and from Nepal-UN cooperation to the evolving challenges to development.
During the Meeting, the Secretary-General expressed condolences on the loss of lives and property caused by recent floods in Nepal. He congratulated on completing local body elections in Nepal, while also expressing satisfaction over the latest developments in Nepal. He also appreciated Nepal’s contribution to peacekeeping operations.
Prime Minister congratulated the Secretary-General on his appointment and wished him a successful tenure. He also updated the Secretary-General on recent development including the preparations for holding provincial and federal level elections.
The Prime Minister drew the attention of the Secretary-General to the need for placing the LDC and LLDC issues at the center of the work of the United Nations. The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to the SG to visit Nepal.
Also present at the meeting were Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs (DPMFM), Asha Koirala, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Dr. Dinesh Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary and Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations.
From the United Nations side too, senior officials including Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; and Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs were present in the meeting.
Similarly, the Consulate General of Nepal in New York organized an event to celebrate the National Day of Nepal. Addressing the Nepali community present on the occasion, Prime Minister stressed on the need of utilizing knowledge, skills and resources of Nepali diaspora in the national development. The Prime Minister encouraged the Nepali community to continue preserving Nepali culture abroad. Similarly, the DPMFM highlighted Nepal’s unique and successful peace process and the need to unite for economic prosperity.
According to a press release issued by Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, New York, on the sidelines of the UNGA, the DPMFM held a meeting with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations today. During the meeting, the Under-Secretary-General lauded Nepal’s role in peacekeeping operations and expressed UN’s willingness to continue the cooperation. DPMFM reiterated Nepal’s commitment to international peace and security through peacekeeping operations.