KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Dr Narayan Khadka, Minister for Foreign Affairs and the head of the Nepali delegation, addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, Dr Khadka highlighted the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and said that the crisis has brought the world to a grinding halt, devastated the global economy, pushed an additional 150 million people into extreme poverty, and threatened to reverse hard-earned development gains.
Similarly, he also focused on Nepal’s efforts to build a sustainable and resilient recovery from the pandemic and thanked India, China, the United States, Britain, Japan and other countries for providing vaccines, critical medical equipment, and medicines in the fight against the pandemic. He expressed his concerns over the situation in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Middle East and urged all parties involved to ensure peace, security, and stability and fundamental rights and freedom of the people.
The General Debate of the 76th Session of UNGA is being held at the UN Headquarters in New York from 21 to 27 September under the theme ‘Building resilience through hope - to recover from COVID 19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, revitalize the United Nations.’