VALERIE JULLIAND, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and recent United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Nepal, has been working in the country since July 2016 overseeing the work of the various UN agencies in Nepal. Julliand sat down with SAIMA PUN at the UN House to discuss the United Nation’s involvement in supporting Nepal’s development.
By Saima Pun Jan 14, 2019
Three years after the devastating earthquake hit Nepal, its people impatiently ask why the process of restoration is far from over and why many of Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites are still under reconstruction. Despite public disgruntlement, however, various organisations behind the renovation projects are maintaining that their progress is on track and estimate that all the reconstruction could be finished within, or under, a decade’s time. The latest figures from the Department of Archaeology state that 204 projects have been completed out of 753 monuments that were damaged throughout the entire country.
By Saima Pun Dec 23, 2018
VERONICA CODY, the European Union Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Nepal, assumed her current role in Nepal from September 2017 and has been working with the European Union for 25 years where she has held a number of significant positions as a diplomat in that time. Ambassador Cody met with SAIMA PUN at the EU’s Office to discuss the European Union and Nepal’s extensive development partnership and relationship.
By Saima Pun Dec 20, 2018
As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Nepal chose to open the campaign with the issue of sexual harassment on public transport. With multiple studies indicating unacceptable rates of women being sexually harassed on public transport, it is almost a juxtaposition to see female tempo drivers coming to the foreground of public transport. But how are these women who drive tempos for a living actually faring with sexual harassment on public transport? And how effective has this year’s campaigning been?
By Saima Pun Dec 09, 2018