NEW YORK, Sept 24: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the United Nations General Assembly's 73rd Session would be utilized to present Nepal's hard-earned achievements before the global community.
He expressed the hope that the UNGA session would be useful to garner additional international support in Nepal's efforts for materializing people's prosperity and happiness.
Minister Gyawali said this in response to the queries put by Nepal Television and Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) in New York. Minister Gyawali is a Nepal delegation member headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to the UNGA.
He said that Nepal promulgated a new Constitution to institutionalize federal democratic republic achieved after an assiduous struggle and also successfully held three tiers of elections to implement the main law of the land.
Nepal received goodwill from all international community including the UN in its bid for epochal changes and the government is trying to connect these changes to the economic lives of Nepali people, he noted.
To a query on the UN, Minister Gyawali said new approaches and thoughts have been put forth regarding the global organization's role and the slogan of the 73rd session is also to leverage collective efforts for building societies with peace, equity and sustainable development from their respective sides to connect it with all the people.
He also informed that Nepal has been raising its voice on the issue that the UN should be transformed to address the needs of the time.
Minister Gyawali admitted that the actions are not being emphatically put in place in a way to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. "Health and education sectors see nominal spending compared to the public money spent on wars".
The Minister also expressed his confidence that the meetings and consultations to be held with heads of the governments of different countries on the sidelines of the UNGA session would be useful in expanding Nepal's diplomatic relations.
He underlined the need for coordinated efforts to address the problems facing human society.
Several questions have been raised on multilateralism, he said, adding that obstructions are becoming visible on the transportation of goods and services and the movement.
Some countries are opting to impose their protection policy to revert globalization, he claimed. Minister Gyawali also presented some examples substantiating his point that efforts are being exerted to weaken multilateral mechanisms such as Climate Change Paris Pact, Human Rights Council and World Trade Organization.
Questions are being raised on the role of the UN and the contributions pledged by developed countries to the developing are being cut off, he added.
Nepal wishes to raise these issues to make the UN role more effective.