Participants of the UN Day event
UN Day event, organized by the UN Country Team, was attended by over 600 participants, including the Country’s Prime Minister and his Deputy, the Foreign Minister, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, and the SG’s Representative and Head of the UN Mission in Nepal among others.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal praised the UN for its support to Nepal’s peace process and socio-economic development. He said, “From peacekeeping to peace building and conflict resolution, from poverty alleviation to human development and disarmament, from human rights to climate change and environmental conservation, the UN has become a truly global instrument for peace and development cooperation in today’s world” adding, “Nepal has always been faithful in undertaking its international obligations under the UN Charter.”
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, Mr. Robert Piper said the UN Day is an important opportunity for all the 22 agencies consisting of 2,200 staff that make up the UN Country Team in Nepal – to re-commit its support to the host Government. He stressed on the need for greater stability in the broadest sense, in Nepal, requiring not only fewer cantonments and greater political power sharing, but also progress on issues like rule of law, equity and democracy.
Also speaking on the occasion, the SG's Representative and Head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Karin Landgren reaffirmed that the UN will continue to do all it can to support the peace process in Nepal. "UNMIN has done its part to support Nepal’s peace process, including through assistance to the Constituent Assemblr elections. UNMIN continues to monitor the management of arms and armies and to encourage the parties to keep the peace process on track," said Landgren.
The staff, who outstandingly served the UN for the longest time, was saluted at a ceremony conducted by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. The ceremony followed by an enthralling performance by a popular Nepali classical musical ensemble "Sur Sudha".