The Himalayan Times, 30 Oct 2017
KATHMANDU: Foreign Secretary of Nepal Shanker Das Bairagi participated in the United Nations Security Council debate on Women, Peace and Security held in New York on October 27.
According to the press release of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, the open debate was presided by France, the rotating president of the Security Council for the month of October 2017. The debate featured ministers and senior level representatives from Member States.
In his statement, Bairagi shared Nepal’s achievements towards promoting and protecting rights and interests of women since the adoption of the UNSC resolution 1325 in 2006.
He updated the Security Council on Nepal’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, pursuant to UNSC resolutions 1325 and 1820.
Bairagi also underlined the importance of engaging women in the management of conflict and post-conflict peace building.
Also on October 27, the Foreign Secretary discussed matters of common interests during his meeting with the President of General Assembly (PGA) Mtroslav Lajcak.
On the occasion, Bairagi appreciated the role of the PGA in convening various high-level meeting on agendas of global importance and requested him to prioritize the agenda in favour of the neediest countries including LDCs, LLDCs.
With the stability in Nepal following the successful peace process the next national agenda would be the socioeconomic transformation of the country, Foreign Secretary Bairagi said in the meeting.
The PGA briefed about the upcoming high-level events including on youth, water, conflict prevention and financing for development that he would be holding during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
While appreciating Nepal’s active participation in past General Assembly sessions, he shared his confidence that Nepal will continue to do so in the days ahead, given Nepal’s significant contributions to peacekeeping and other multilateral initiatives.
Both representatives also exchanged views on important global agendas including Sustainable Development Goals, migration and climate change. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, was also present in the meeting.