United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenča underlined the importance of Nepal’s membership in the Human Rights Council and welcomed the Government’s expressed commitment to amend the Transitional Justice legislation to bring it in line with the Supreme Court judgment of 2015 and international standards. Jenča expressed appreciation for the long-established and close partnership between the UN and Nepal, particularly in peace operations.
In his meetings, Jenča commended the Government and the Nepali people on the success of the home grown peace process as laid out in the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and the political transformation Nepal has undergone over the last two decades. He also congratulated the Government on holding the local, state and federal elections last year in line with Nepal’s new Constitution. He called Nepal’s home grown peace process supported by international community an example in making the aims of sustaining peace a reality, and reaffirmed the United Nations commitment to continue building peace through working with all stakeholders in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to a press release issued by UNIC, he completed his visit to Nepal on April 16. He met with the Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, the Chief of Army Staff General Rajendra Chhetri, former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Sher Bahadur Deuba, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Arup Sharma, as well as other high-level government officials, and other political parties' leaders, women and civil society representatives.
Jenča also met with the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary-General Amjad Hussain and discussed issues related to strengthening the partnership between the UN and regional organizations.