Minister Gyawali highlights impacts of climate change at UNGA

Kathmandu, September 28

Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Head of the Nepali delegation Pradeep Kumar Gyawali addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.

In his address, Gyawali said the most vulnerable countries were hit hard by the impact of climate change and despite their negligible emissions, they faced the consequences that were not just disproportionate but also unjust. Highlighting that Nepal lies in the hotspot of climate change, he said that the Himalayas would witness melting of one third of the glaciers and drying up of fresh water in an unprecedented pace. Minister Gyawali informed the Assembly about the government decision to convene a global dialogue — Sagarmatha Dialogue — to deliberate critical issues facing the world, including climate change.

Underlining the centrality of the United Nations for galvanising multilateral efforts, he expressed Nepal’s abiding trust in multilateralism and added that the only alternative to it was a better, effective, inclusive and responsive multilateralism. He also said adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a display of inclusive multilateralism at its best. The minister stressed the need of similar spirit for implementing global agendas.

Sharing Nepal’s principled positions on peace, security, disarmament, sustainable development and human rights, among others, Gyawali underlined Nepal’s belief in peaceful settlement of conflicts and disputes through negotiations and dialogues, and without external interference. He reiterated that Nepal’s commitment to universal values of human rights was total. Similarly, recalling the fact that Nepal had rendered one of the most dedicated, reliable and professional services to UN peacekeeping over the last six decades, the minister highlighted the importance of safety, security and dignity of peacekeepers as well as predictable, adequate and sustained resources for peace operations. He said building on the historic political transformation, Nepal now focused on economic agenda to sustain political gains under an overarching national aspiration of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’.

Meanwhile, Gyawali attended the annual ministerial meeting of the Group of 77 and China on the sidelines. At the meeting, he said, “A stronger unity and solidarity will enable the group to deliver even when there are several multilateral processes happening at the same time.”

Gyawali also attended the Informal Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue today morning on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. While delivering a statement at the meeting, he highlighted the importance of pan-Asian cooperation for common benefit, taking into account the strength of the region in terms of increasing economic growth rates, sound knowledge base, development of modern technology, abundance of natural and human resources, and civilisational and cultural richness.