Delivering a pre-recorded video message to the 78th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on Monday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Narayan Khadka congratulated the UNESCAP on its 75th Anniversary and acknowledged its contribution in the fields of infrastructure, human development, and environment, among others.
Minister Khadka also appreciated the work of the Commission during more than 7 decades of its establishment.He expressed confidence that the commemorative event will rekindle new aspirations and provide a new direction for regional development and shared prosperityamong the membership.
The Foreign Minister stated that the path to timely achievement of the SDGs in stipulated time has been challenging for the countries in special situations including the LDCs due to natural disasters such as climate change, rising commodity and fuel prices, and trade protectionism, among others, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He further stated that the negative impact of the pandemic, ongoing global crises, and dearth of financing for development has further deteriorated the situation.
The Minister stressed the need for global commitment, solidarity and urgent actions to fulfillthe obligations towardsposterity. He also underscored the need to focus on accelerated and deliberate actions that promote sustainability. The 78th Session of the UNESCAP is being convened on 23-27 May 2022 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok in hybrid mode. Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung, Member of National Planning Commission is leading the Nepali delegation to the 78th Session of the UNESCAP.