Nepal committed to UN MDGs

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has appealed all to be united to face the challenges of food shortage, hunger, economic meltdown and global warming. The PM further said that the issues were to be addressed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by the United Nations in 2000.

In a message to mark the World Poverty Reduction Day (October 16-18) he said "We have six years left to meet the MDGs. So we are in a dire need of policy and programme to achieve the goals." PM Nepal, however, said that the policies and programmes brought by the government was a concrete evidence of its firm commitment to the MDGs.

The three-day campaign against poverty is being observed worldwide with the theme, 'Let's Commit to Poverty Reduction for Durable Peace'.

"The first priority of the state is to bolster fair investment and equitable distribution of public resources and services so as to alleviate poverty and attain a just society," read the message adding that he had also put forth political sustainability, restoration of peace and people-oriented economic development as Nepal's priorities to the world community in the 64th UN General Assembly.

"I have also drawn the attention of world community and asked them for continued assistance to countries like Nepal, despite the economic meltdown," the PM said in the message.