KATHMANDU, 29 OCT 2013 — UN Day was celebrated in Nepal on 29 October 2013 at the UN House premises. UNIC was the main organizer of the event. The programme consisted of some 800 high profile dignitaries invited by UNIC which consisted of senior government officials, diplomatic communities, former UN Peacekeeping Commanders, senior-most security officials, media, society members and UN staff members. The event was chaired and addressed by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Right Hon’ble Mr. Khil Raj Regmi. On the occasion the video message of UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon was screened. UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Jamie McGoldrick also spoke on the occasion. The event also consisted of screening of a Short documentary on the work of the UN in Nepal. Long Service Award to UN staff members serving over 20 years were also presented on the occasion.
KATHMANDU, 18 April 2013 — Countries in South Asia, including Nepal, will have to overcome a number of development challenges, including large concentration of poverty and hunger, rising inequality, poor levels of human development, wide infrastructure gaps, lack of diversified base for high value added products and exports, widespread food and energy insecurity, and high risk of disaster, in order to realize development potential.
KATHMANDU, 29 January 2013 – UNIC observed the Holocaust Day today in the UN Conference room. On the occasion, UNIC National Information Officer Ram Babu Shah read out the message of the UN Secretary General’s message on the occasion followed by one minute silence as tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and other genocide that took place elsewhere. This was followed by the screening of the documentary “ The Rescuers” Heroes of the Holocaust, to students, UN staff members and the media. The 94-minute film, by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, details the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and the 13 courageous diplomats who risked their own lives to save tens of thousands of Jews. The documentary also deals with the horrors of genocide in Rwanda and Darfur.
A lively round chair discussion was also held consisting of students from various schools as to the lessons learnt from the Holocaust and its relevance to the socio-cultural transformation and issues being debated in Nepal. The students shared their experiences of existing discrimination in Nepali society on the basis communal feelings of caste, creed, religion and ethnicity.
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.
KATHMANDU, 2 Nov 2012 — The UN in Nepal commemorated the 67th UN Day on 2 November 2012 amidst a well attended programme in the UN House.
Speaking at the program, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the UN System in Nepal Mr. Robert Piper expressed concern over Nepal’s unstable political situation and derailed constitution-writing process.
KATHMANDU, 28 August 2012 — he UN Youth Trainees placed in various UN agencies celebrated International Youth Day 2012, in cooperation with UN Information Centre (UNIC), in the UN Conference Hall. The programme was marked with a half day event consisting of two short impressive drama staged by the trainees themselves and by a youth group led by Ram Babu Regmi depicting the challenges faced by youths in Nepal which covered issues of unemployment, drug abuse, migration, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and gender discrimination.
KATHMANDU, 6 May — UN celebrated International Observance of the Day of Vesak on 6 May 2012 in the UN Conference Hall in association with the International Institute of Buddhist Studies Nepal.
The function was addressed by Mr. Axel Plathe, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Nepal, and Chairperson of the International Institute of Buddhist Studies Nepal Mr. Prem Lal Chitrakar and leading Nepalese Monks and Nuns.
Thirty trainees from socially excluded groups who joined the UN in March 2011 completed their 11-month long traineeship period. The programme was initiated by the UN in Nepal for the first time to enhance personal skills and competencies of the socially excluded and marginalized groups with less opportunity to build their capacity.
KATHMANDU, 27 Jan 2012 – An event to remember the Holocaust victims and learn from their experience was held at the UN House, Pulchowk. The event, held globally every year, was themed this year as “Holocaust and Children”.
The event saw children from four schools, Graded English Medium School (GEMS), Valley View School, Chelsea International Academy and Koseli School. “We could have never known what the children murdered in the Holocaust could have contributed to society,” said Robert Piper, the UN Resident Coordinator, quoting the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, adding, “We need to learn from history and protect those most vulnerable in our society, the children.” After a flash-mob performance at Patan Durbar Square and a rally to the UN House, the event started with a few words by Mr. Piper, which was followed by musical performances by Akshendra Jha and the Justice Denied band who performed Phulko Aankha Ma by Ani Choying Dolma, Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Guns N’ Roses and Hamro Nepal by X-Marica and a cover on John Lennon’s Imagine was performed by Revigya Joshi and Utpal Kandel. Spirit building exercises like crowd-based rap performance by Akshendra Jha as well as a warm-up dance exercise called Doing the Dogie was also conducted. The event then went on to team-building sports activities with seven groups of children from different schools. The groups were formed to induce a strong bond among children from different social backgrounds.
“We chose children from different types of socio-economic background. We brought in children from affluent schools as well as not-so affluent schools and made them interact with each other,” said nineteen year-old Nirmal Aryal, volunteer at the event.
KATHMANDU, 22 Oct: The UN Day was commemorated by the UN System in Nepal on 22 October 2010 in the UN House. The event was participated in by over 600 participants consisting of high level government officials, diplomatic corps, donors, INGO and NGO representatives, national and international media, civil society and UN staff members from all the agencies. Also participating on the occasion was Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala. The Chief Guest of the function was Nepal’s Prime Minister Rt. Honourable Madhav Kumar Nepal.