KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal addressed the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 & China (G-77 & China) on the sideline of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA on 23 September 2022.
In the meeting, Foreign Secretary Paudyal stated that humanity faces multiple challenges arising from the pandemic, climate crisis, geopolitical tensions, and economic recession. People's livelihoods in vulnerable nations like the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDCs were severely impacted by the problems like rising inequality, soaring food and fuel prices as well as financial and debt distress, he said.
He called for the timely implementation of the internationally agreed goals and frameworks like 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, among others, as a way out of the crisis, Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, New York, stated in a press release.
Emphasizing on the importance of solidarity and cooperation at the global level, the foreign secretary underscored the need for fulfilling ODA commitment and utilizing all forms of cooperation – North-South, South-South and Triangular – to accelerate global development. He reiterated Nepal's solidarity with the group's principles of unity, solidarity, and cooperation, and Nepal's support for the cause of global peace and prosperity.
Earlier on September 23, the foreign secretary had cordial meetings separately with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Ali Sabry and Deputy-Foreign Minister of Vietnam, Ha Kim Ngoc, and discussed matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels. The foreign secretary also had a fruitful meeting with UN Under-Secretary General and High Representative Rabab Fatima. The discussion was focused on strengthening cooperation between Nepal and the UN on issues related to LDCs and LLDCs, and Nepal's graduation from the LDC category.
Similarly, Foreign Secretary Paudyal met separately with Under-Secretary General for Operational Support, Atul Khare and Under-Secretary General for Peace Operation Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Matters related to Nepal-UN partnership in UN peacekeeping including deployment, training and safety/security of peacekeepers were discussed, the Permanent Mission stated.