President Bidhya Devi Bhandari addressed the Leaders Session of the 2021 P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) Seoul Summit through a video message today.

The Summit is being hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea today and tomorrow under the theme of 'Inclusive Green Recovery towards Carbon Neutrality'.

In her address, President Bhandari expressed Nepal's commitment to an enhanced nationally determined contribution with the long-term goal of becoming a carbon-neutral country by 2050. Focusing her intervention on 'Inclusive Green Recovery from COV- ID-19', she emphasised the need to invest in climate adaptation in the least developed countries by increasing their access to climate finance and technology. She also underscored the leadership roles that women can play in climate policies and actions.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more than 40 heads of state and government, 21 leaders of international organisations, and scores of climate action champions from governments, academia, civil society, and business communities are attending the Summit.

The Summit intends to add momentum to global collective action on climate change and contribute to a successful outcome for the upcoming COP26 to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, later this year. The Seoul Declaration is set to be adopted by the Summit.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 31, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.