September 9, 2008
A talk programme on "Nepal and United Nations" organized by United Nations Association of Nepal in honour of Hon'ble of Mr. Upendra Yadav, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator on 9th September 2008.
The chief guest of the programme was Mr. Upendra Yadav, Minister of Foreign Affairs whereas Asso.Prof. Dambar Bir Thapa, President of UNA, Nepal presided over the prgramme. Mr. Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Mr. Yadav Kant Silwal, former Secretary General of SAARC were the Guests of Honour. Experts, intellectuals, ambassadors, professors and NGO activists were the participants of the programme. Addressing the gathering Mr. Upendra Yadav, Minister of Foreign Affairs said that "Everyone present here, I believe, are well aware of the circumstances leadin to the involvement of the UN and, for that matter, the establishment of UNMIN to Facilitate our ongoing nationally driven peace process in Nepal. At the request of Nepal, the Security Council established UNMIN under SC Resolution No. 1740 (2007) on 23 January 2007 with a 12 – month mandate, headed by a Special Representative of the Secretary General to oversee the peace process in Nepal. Intended to be a focused mission of limited duration, UNMIN is mandated to : (a) monitor the management of arms and armed personnel of both sides in line with the provisions of the CPA (b) to assist the parties through a Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee in implementing their agreement on the management of arms and armed personal of both sides (c) to assist in the monitoring of the ceasefire arrangement (d) to provide technical support for the planning, preparation and conduct of the election of a Constituent Assembly in a free and fair atmosphere and (e) to provide electoral monitors and technical support for the electoral process".
During the programme the occasion Mr. Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator said that " While two-thirds of Nepalis live on less than two dollars a day, while Nepali children lead the world in levels of malnutrition, while only 2 in 5 births are attended by trained attendants. Fifty years of hard work, of innovation, of hardship and of sacrifice, but on top of a structure, that maybe wasn’t so sound, certainly wasn’t fair and certainly did not offer each citizen an equal opportunity to succeed. It took two people’s movements, a comprehensive peace agreement and the historic Constituent Assembly election this year to get us started on the essence of the challenge that has been here since the first day that FAO opened its office in 1951. A fundamental process of transformation is underway. It has been initiated, designed and led by Nepalis. And there is still a long road ahead. But what an extraordinary time for me to come and start my five-year assignment. The UN is rightly proud that when Nepal wanted international support, in areas of great sensitivity, with very high stakes and when neutrality was so important, it was to us that she turned. For Human Rights monitors in the dark days of 2005, for arms monitors in cantonment sites in 2007, for election support in 2008. UNMIN represents in many ways on a high point in this relationship of trust that has been built up since Nepal first joined the UN in 1955"
Mr. Yadav Kant Silwal, former Secretary General of SAARC, Mr. Radhesh Pant, Co-president of UNA of Nepal, Asso. Prof. Dambar Bir Thapa, President of UNA, Nepal highlighted the role of United Nations in establishing peace in Nepal. On the occasion Letters of Congratulation and Felicitation were presented in honour of Hon'ble of Mr. Upendra Yadav, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.