Kathmandu, September 20
Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet has left for the United States of America, leading a Nepali delegation to the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
The summit kicks off on September 23 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Minister Basnet is scheduled to address two sessions during the summit, according to his press coordinator Dayanidhi Bhatta. He will address the sessions entitled- ‘A Call for Action: Raising Ambition for Climate Adaptation and Resilience’; and ‘Community Resilience Partnership Programme’.
Similarly, the delegation will participate in the UN special session about the sustainable development goals to be held on Tuesday.
Before leaving for New York, Minister Basnet said that Nepal would use the UN forum to appeal to the international community to come up with sustainable and effective programmes for climate change adaptation. Nepal also plans to appeal for arrangements of resources for enhancing the adaptation capacity of countries like Nepal which have the least contribution to climate change or the greenhouse effect but bear the brunt of its consequences.
Nepal will also draw the world’s attention to the alarming rate at which snow melting due to climate change impact it and its global effect. The summit is taking place as preparations for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled to be held in Chile in coming November.
Published on September 20th, Friday, 2019 3:23 PM