KATHMANDU, 5 April 2013 — The progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nepal is a success story. The country has made remarkable progress over the past 12 years. Nepal is likely to achieve many of the MDGs, such as reducing the proportion of people below the national poverty line; it is likely to achieve near 100 percent enrolment in primary education; it has received international recognition for being on-track towards achieving the goal related to improving maternal health; and it has has reduced child mortality and is likely to meet the MDG target for people with access to improved drinking water facilities.
KATHMANDU, 5 April 2013 — Today, the National Planning Commission, the United Nations Country Team in Nepal and partners are marking a vital moment in history’s largest and most successful anti-poverty push – the 1,000-days mark before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
“We have 1,000 days to close the gaps that remain for the Millennium Development Goals in Nepal – 1,000 days to accelerate action,” Terence D. Jones, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. said. “The UN family will continue its cooperation with the Government and other partners to step-up collective efforts and re-energize the global movement to free people from extreme poverty and to address other critical human development issues,” he further added.
SARLAHI, 31 Mar 2013 — Koshila Devi Malli of Murtiya in Sarlahi, a day wage labourer, has found a new source of pride. She and her husband now have Nepali Citizenship card and its attendant benefits to brag about. Four years ago, there was very little she knew about a citizenship card, let alone having one.
“We didn’t know what a citizenship card did,” says Koshila Devi. “The only thing that mattered to us then was finding work for daily survival.”
Without citizenship, no official business can be conducted in Nepal. You can’t own land or house, open a bank account or apply for driving license. A citizenship card decides one’s legal presence and those without one cannot participate in social welfare programmes run by the state.
BARDIYA, 27 Mar 2013 — Open defecation free campaign has gain a momentum in Bardiya District. 20 VDCs located in the north eastern part of the district are lucky that at least one or two highways cross their VDCs and also have easy access to district headquarter Gulariya and to Nepalgunj. On the contrary, 11 VDCs of the district that lie in Rajapur Tappa (Island), are remote and isolated from the district headquarter and rest of the country as it is confined by the Karnali River in two sides,. This unfavorable location coupled with low socio- economic condition of the communities and underdevelopment within does not deter the construction ofaround 3000 new toilets . It was possible because of the awareness campaign, facilitated by IDS Nepal in support of the GSF program, which triggers communities to use and maintain improved latrines and inculcate hygiene practices.
KATHMANDU, 21 Mar 2013 — Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was on a three-day visit to Nepal as part of a trip to South Asia .
Mr. Feltman’s week-long visit to South Asia included stops in Nepal, India and Pakistan at the invitation of the respective governments. In Nepal, from 19 to 21 March, he met with senior officials of the government and political parties, representatives of the diplomatic corps and civil society to discuss the peace process.
KATHMANDU, 15 Mar 2013 — Senior government officials and experts from ten countries met in Kathmandu last week to promote collaboration on science, education, culture, and communication to lessen the impact of climate change on Asia’s mountain countries.
The Regional Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains was held by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). By organizing this event together, UNESCO and ICIMOD recognized the importance of uniting their varied disciplines in the response to climate change and fostered strategies to make this happen.
LUMBINI, 5 Feb 2013 — This haiku that former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld wrote after his Lumbini visit in March 1959 is one of the highlights of the web pages on Lumbini that the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has launched. The web site “Lumbini: Past, Present & Future” provides historical and current information on the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, a World Heritage Property since 1997.
Lumbini, located within the western Terai region of Nepal, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Property for its Outstanding Universal Value for being one of the holiest places in the world where the Buddha was born as well as for its archaeological significance. Buddha’s entry into this world began in the gardens of Lumbini as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in 623 BC. It was here where the newborn infant took his first steps toward the east beginning a path to enlightenment. Buddha identified four sacred places for his followers to visit for pilgrimage, one of which is his birthplace. For centuries, pilgrims and travelers have visited this sacred place and its surrounding areas, hoping to understand more fully the beginnings of a man who became the embodiment of compassion and peace. At present, Lumbini continues to be developed into a major centre for pilgrimage and tourism.
UN-Habitat launched a call for applications for the Urban Youth Fund for 2013.
In a press release, the agency announced that the Fund will for the fifth year in a row provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure. Small development initiatives are eligible for grants up to $25,000. These grants aim at promoting youth empowerment as the solution for better urban governance.
Indeed, of the one billion slum dwellers in the world today, it is estimated that more than 70% are under the age of 30. These young people have few resources available to improve their own living. Interestingly though, there are many youth-led initiatives in slums and squatter settlements around the world that require support in their efforts to transform their communities. This has led UN-Habitat to reconsider the youth as drivers for change. Through this Fund, UN-Habitat embraces the belief that youth are a solution for sustainable urban development.
Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha,
Heads of Constitutional bodies,
Former and current UN colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you again for joining us to celebrate UN Day here at UN House. This is my fifth UN Day in Nepal and I have become attached to this short ceremony to celebrate the strong ties that bind Nepal and the United Nations together. And not just Nepal, but other Member States too, who are always present and always so supportive.
In the time since we last met, the UN Country Team has continued working hard alongside our Government partners, Non Government actors, development partners and others to reduce poverty and accelerate Nepal’s development process.
KATHMANDU 30 November 2012 — Nepal is the second largest remittance receiver among the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), according to a latest UNCTAD report.
“Of the total $27 billion remittance received by LDCs in 2011, Nepal stands second to Bangladesh,” said the Least Developed Countries Report 2012 ‘Harnessing Remittance and Diaspora Knowledge to Build Productive Capacities’, released here today.
The top three recipients — Bangladesh, Nepal and Sudan — shared 66 per cent of total remittance inflow to LDCs, it said, adding that from 2009 through 2011, Nepal and Haiti received more foreign exchange from remittance than from exports.