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Written by PERMANENT MISSION OF NEPAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 22:16

New York- Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai attended the opening of the ‘General Debate’ segment of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the beginning of ‘General Debate’ H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, presented the ‘Report of the work of the Organization’.

Opening of General Debate:

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai attended the opening of the ‘General Debate’ segment of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. In the beginning of ‘General Debate’ H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, presented the ‘Report of the work of the Organization’. As a tradition, Brazilian President Her Excellency Ms. Dilma Rouseff kicked off the ‘General Debate’. H.E. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, Her Excellency Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina, H. E. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, and H. E. Fellipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico, were among the leaders who addressed the General Assembly today.

Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai will address the 66th Session of UN General Assembly on 24 September 2011 at its morning session.

Bilateral Meetings:

On the sidelines of the General Debate of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Rt. Hon. PM Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka. The two leaders exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. They also shared views on the development of Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha. They also exchanged views on strengthening of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for deepening the regional integration and enhanced level of cooperation among member states for the benefit of the entire region.

Also today, the Rt. Hon. PM held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Jigmy Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan. In the meeting the two leaders exchanged views on the promotion of bilateral relations as well as regional cooperation under SAARC. Views were also exchanged on resolving the problem of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.


Ambassador/Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya and Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Acting Foreign Secretary were present in all bilateral meetings.

Call on by UN high officials:

Today, Ms. Helen Clark, Chief Administrator of UNDP, called on the Rt. Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai. In the meeting, Ms. Clark provided a briefing on UNDP’s ongoing work in Nepal and said that UNDP will continue supporting Nepal’s development efforts. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister appreciated UNDP’s ongoing work and called for enhanced level of support to address multiple development challenges facing Nepal. He also called for enhanced level of support from UNDP to LDCs in line with Istanbul Programme of Action. Also today, Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director, of UNICEF called on the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and briefed on the UNICEF’s effort in Nepal as well as its global activities for saving the lives of children and protecting and promoting their rights. The Rt. Hon. PM appreciated UNICEF’s role in Nepal and expressed hope for enhanced level of support in the days ahead.

Ambassador/Permanent Representative H.E. Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya and Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Acting Foreign Secretary were also present in the meetings.  

Lunch by Secretary-General:

In the afternoon, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai attended the luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in honor of the heads of delegation attending the 66th session of the UNGA. Rt. Hon. PM will be holding a separate meeting with the Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon on 24 September 2011.
Brief meet up with President Obama:
Rt. Hon. PM Dr. Bhattarai and his spouse attended this evening a reception hosted by the US President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama for the heads of delegation and their spouses. During the reception the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister had a brief exchange with President Obama.

Meet the Press:

Also today, Rt. Hon. PM Dr. Bhattarai met with a group of local Nepali media persons in the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations. While interacting with local Nepali media persons, Rt. Hon. PM highlighted the priorities of his government that include completion of the peace process and writing of constitution as well as providing immediate relief to people, and promoting good governance. On Nepal’s participation in the 66th Session of UNGA, he underlined the importance that Nepal has attached to the United Nations as a multilateral forum with its unquestionable legitimacy which would significantly contribute to promoting and protecting the common interest of nations particularly to the benefit of weaker and less developed members. Rt. Hon. PM stated that Nepal will join the international community in raising voices for just and equitable international order based on sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity and non-interference on internal matters. Equally important, Nepal will call for an inclusive development keeping in the centre the interest of land-locked and least developed countries to overcome their structural constraints for accelerated economic development. Nepal will also emphasize on global effort on reducing the adverse impact of climate change, he said. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister said that he will make efforts to generate goodwill and support for peace and development in Nepal.

Rt. Hon. PM will be holding a separate Press Conference at the Dag Hammarskjold Library inside the UN premises on 23 September 2011.


DPM and FM attended ‘General Debate’ and held bilateral meetings:

Honorable Narayan Kaji Shrestha ‘Prakash’, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs attended the opening of ‘General Debate’ segment of 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Later in the afternoon, Hon Shrestha ‘Prakash’ held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Janos Martony, Foreign Minister of Hungary. The two ministers discussed the matters of mutual concern and interest and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations in the days ahead.

Similarly, Hon. DPM and FM held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Bruno Rodriguez, Foreign Minister of Cuba and exchanged views on the matters of mutual interest for deepening cooperation between the two countries.


He also held a meeting with Mrs. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action. Hon. Shrestha called for early conclusion of a legally binding instrument on climate change. He said that countries like Nepal have been disproportionately affected by the adverse impacts of climate change.  He also called for operationalization of Green Climate Fund with due share going to LDCs.  Mrs. Hedegaard said the European Union will give due consideration to LDCs difficulties.

In bilateral meetings, Acting Foreign Secretary Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai,  Deputy Permanent Representative Mr. Shanker Bairagi, and Mr. Rudra Nepal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied the Hon. DPM and Foreign Minister.

Hon. Shrestha also attended the side event to showcase progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals “MDG Countdown” hosted by United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development Cooperation Mr. Andrew Mitchell, and Mr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID.

Multi-sectoral Stakeholders meeting on Scaling-up Nutrition:

Dr. Sudha Sharma, Secretary of Ministry of Health and Population, has made a presentation on Nepal’s progress on nutrition program at the multi-sectoral stakeholders meeting held in UNICEF headquarter today. The progress that Nepal has made on scaling-up nutrition program was appreciated by the participants.


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21 September 2011

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