Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has highlighted the need to build robust and renewed global partnership in a bid to build a greener, safer and more sustainable world. He also called for ensuring easier and direct access to financing and modern technologies for countries in special situations.

Addressing the high-level dialogue on Energy through a pre-recorded video today, Prime Minister Deuba said energy was crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda and implementing the Paris Agreement. He further said energy played a crucial role in combating climate change and attaining the goals related to poverty reduction, gender equality, food security, health, education, among others.

A number of heads of state/government, ministers, parliamentarians and UN officials are scheduled to address the high-level dialogue in the 76th United National General Assembly.

"The progress on SDG 7 has been mixed and uneven and countries like Nepal with low income, difficult geographic terrain and dispersed settlements are facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we must not change our collective ambition. We must act swiftly for making the transition to cleaner, greener and smarter energy," he said.

According to New York-based Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, the prime minister has expressed Nepal's commitment to realise climate-resilient development pathways and net-zero emissions through the utilisation of Nepal's vast hydropower potential and other renewable energy sources.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al-Sabah on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UNGA today. The two sides discussed various matters of common concern, ranging from migrant workers to promotion of trade, tourism and investment. The two ministers agreed to expedite pending agreements and work closely to enhance cooperation and collaboration by exchanging high-level visits.

Foreign Minister Khadka also held a meeting with UN USG for Department of Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. The two sides exchanged views to further strengthen the existing cooperation between Nepal and the United Nations in UN peacekeeping operations. During the meeting, the foreign minister reiterated Nepal's call to increase the number of Nepali peacekeepers and ensure their presence at higher posts in the field and UN headquarters.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 26 2021, of The Himalayan Times.