Message by President of Nepal Rt. Hon. Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari at the Virtual 2021 P4G Seoul Summit at the Leaders’ Session, 30 May 2021, Seoul
Inclusive Green Recovery from COVID-19
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Korea,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to His Excellency President of the Republic of Korea for organizing this important Summit.
At an inflection point of history when human civilization is engulfed in climate crisis, the current COVID-19 pandemic has further aggravated the situation.
In such adversary, successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and achievement of the SDGs with ambitious NDCs have become more critical than ever.
Nepal has committed to an ambitious NDCs with the long-term goal of becoming a carbon-neutral country by 2050.
A nature-based green economy and market system are vital to address the climate change issues comprehensively.
All countries, and particularly the large emitters of greenhouse gases, must provide additional financial and technical resources for their mitigation, adaptation, finance, and technology transfer.
We must work to enhance the climate adaptability of the people of the least developed countries by increasing their access to modern technology.
I am confident that this Summit organized on the eve of COP-26, to be held in Glasgow, UK this year, will further contribute to the consolidation of climate finance and enhancement of climate justice.
As a mountainous country, Nepal has always been highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Due to the degradation of the environment, the youth, farmers, and the underprivileged community, especially the elderly, women, and children, are grappling with various adversities.
With the cooperation of all, we must ensure women’s leadership roles in climate policies and actions.
There is a need to organize climate adaptation programs targeting all stakeholders, including future generations.
Direct access to finance and technology must be ensured to create a conducive environment for LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS, and mountainous regions.
Nepal has always joined hands with the international community at any crisis the world has ever faced.
I wish the Summit every success while expressing my commitment to work closely with the international community at this defining moment of crisis engendered by climate change and Covid-19.