As 2019 commences, Nepal continues its preparations for the next countrywide and yearlong campaign of tourism dubbed ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ with the tag line: “Lifetime Experiences”. The government aims to reach a new ambitious record of 2 million tourists by the end of 2020. With the tourism industry thriving better than ever after the 2015 earthquakes, perhaps the government’s target is not so surprising but there still remain a few hurdles to overcome.
By Saima Pun Mar 05, 2019
Walking around Kathmandu is becoming increasingly hazardous due to the simplest task of breathing being made difficult by the appalling air pollution. Nepal’s air quality is ranked as the worst out of 180 countries, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, with a score of 3.94 where 0=worst and 100=best. For the residents of Kathmandu, this may not come as a surprise and as more people gain awareness and realise the harmful effects of air pollution, Nepal’s government must do all to tackle this issue immediately.
By Saima Pun Feb 10, 2019
CHRIS TWEEDALE, the Chief Executive of GEP Academies and a Consultant to the British Council, gave an informative presentation about the importance of teacher training and improving school leadership development in Nepal at the Education Symposium on 14 January 2019. With 28 years of teaching experience and posts within the UK Government to advise school policy and development, including in the British Council where he has worked with them for over six years, Tweedale spoke with SAIMA PUN about why the British Council’s Education Symposium is significant for Nepal.
By Saima Pun Jan 26, 2019
MARY MARSTON BEM, Co-Founder and Advisor of Burns Violence Survivors (BVS) Nepal, the only organisation in the country dedicated to supporting burn victims, has been helping this cause for more than a decade before BVS was established in 2008. Mrs Marston sat down with SAIMA PUN to talk about how she came to settle down in Nepal and her work of helping Nepalis in desperate need of burn support.
By Saima Pun Jan 26, 2019
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