KATHMANDU, June 12: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is leaving for Geneva on Tuesday to attend the World of Work Summit to be held as a part of the 106th session of International Labor Conference.
According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday, President Bhandari will address the summit on June 15. The theme of the summit this year has been chosen as 'Women at Work'.
President Bhandari will underline the progress made by Nepal in the front of women's participation and representation in politics as well as highlight the efforts made to address the challenges in that trajectory, according to MoFA.
The president will join two other heads of state from Malta and Mauritius exclusively invited by the ILO for this year's summit. “This will be the first time that head of the state of Nepal has been invited by the ILO to address the summit,” said the statement. Nepal became a member of the ILO in 1966.
Director General of ILO Guy Ryder is scheduled to call on President Bhandari on the June 15. Ryder will also host a luncheon in honor of the visiting presidents on the same day.
Nepali ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva Dipak Dhital will host a reception in honor of the president.
President Bhandari will be accompanied by Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Private Secretary to the President Dr Bimala Poudyal Rai and other senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. President Bhandari is scheduled to return home on June 18.