Press Release on 73rd Session of the UNGA – Day 3

Press Release

  1. The Rt. Hon. K.P. Sharma Oli, who is leading the delegation of Nepal to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), participated in the High-Level Meeting on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) organized by the United Nations Secretary-General today. Speaking in the event, he paid tribute to the brave peacekeepers including seventy-three Nepalis who made sacrifice in the line of duty. While reaffirming Nepal’s commitment to international peace and security through UN peacekeeping, the Prime Minister added that Nepal continued to provide troops and police personnel for UN peacekeeping even at the height of the national difficulty.
  1. Also today, the Prime Minister delivered a public lecture on the theme “Peace, Democracy and Development” at an event hosted by the Asia Society. Prime Minister Oli stressed that Nepal’s commitment to democracy and fundamental freedoms is total. Nepal’s efforts will be to promoting a rule-based, just and equitable international order in which all States –small and big– fulfill their international obligations in good faith, and all countries enjoy equitable opportunities to fulfill aspirations for development and prosperity, he added. In the session moderated by former Prime Minister of Australia Mr. Kevin Rudd, Mr. Oli expounded the Government’s vision of ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali’. Responding to questions from the audience, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of foreign investments, connectivity and sustainable environment, among other things.
  1. Earlier this morning, the Prime Minister attended the opening of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UNGA. The opening featured statements by the UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres and the President of the General Assembly Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés. Following the opening, the presidents of Brazil, Ecuador and the United States addressed the Assembly as the first three speakers.  The opening was preceded by a short SDG Moment to highlight the importance of investing and achieving SDGs.

The Prime Minister will address the Assembly on 27 September 2018.

  1. In the margins of the UNGA, Foreign Minister Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met his counterparts. In a bilateral meeting with H.E. Ms. Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, the two ministers agreed to explore further avenues of cooperation in various sectors including education and IT. Similarly, the Foreign Minister met with H.E. Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. The two sides exchanged views on the revitalization of SAARC and other matters. H.E. Mark Field, State Minister for Asia Pacific Affairs of the United Kingdom called on the Hon. Gyawali. During the meeting, matters including Nepal-UK cooperation, as well as cooperation at the regional and international platforms were discussed.

New York
25 September 2018