Press Release on General Debate of the 74th session of UNGA and SDG Summit

Press Release

Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali attended the opening of the General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today. Other members of Nepali delegation also attended the programme.

Speaking in the session, Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly for the 74th session and Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations highlighted the role of the United Nations in making the world a better place to live by preventing and solving conflicts, supporting sustainable development, protecting international laws and promoting human rights. They focused on the need to strengthening multilateralism.

Many Heads of State/Government as well as Heads of Delegation of member states of the United Nations are participating in the Debate, which will continue until the 30th of September 2019. Nepal is scheduled to address the General Assembly on 27 September 2019.

The Nepali delegation also participated in the first ever SDG Summit known as the High-level Political Forum under the auspices of the General Assembly that started here in the afternoon today. The two-day quadrennial Summit is organized to follow-up and comprehensively review progress in the implementation of the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The theme of the Summit ‘accelerated action, together’ is intended not only to assess the achievement and lay the future course of actions but also to galvanize meaningful partnerships among nations for achieving SDGs by 2030.

The Hon. Minister joined the State Luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General Guterres in honour of visiting Heads of State/Government and Heads of Delegation in New York.

In the evening, the Foreign Minister, accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Saraswati Gyawali, joined a reception hosted by the U.S. President H.E. Mr. Donald J. Trump and Mrs. Melania Trump in New York.


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Hon. Upendra Yadav attended today the launch of Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All. The Plan focuses on collaborative actions principally within and among countries and new ways of working at global, regional and country levels to achieve health related SDGs.

24 September 2019
New York