KATHMANDU: Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka today said sensitivity of citizens worldwide has increased along with the emergence of new challenges.
In his address to the special ceremony organised here by the Nepal Army on the occasion of the United Nations Day, the deputy prime minister said Nepal is committed to the vision, goals and objectives of the United Nations Charter.
He expressed the view that it is necessary to reconsider how to ensure peace amid new and complex challenges in order to maintain the trust and legitimacy of the UN peacekeeping.
In the ceremony organised on the occasion of the United Nations Day, 2023 with the slogan ‘peace starts with me’, he reminded about Nepal’s commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the goal of world peace.
“The United Nations Charter is a guiding principle of Nepal’s foreign policy,” said the minister, “Nepal has always stressed for peace and equality in the international arena. Nepal is always committed to world peace and harmony.”
Mentioning that our commitment is expressed in international treaties and agreements that promote disarmament and world peace and call for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, he said our peacekeepers are continuously contributing to the establishment of peace in the United Nations.
DPM Khadka said Nepal has always accepted the tireless efforts of the United Nations for world peace, progress and prosperity. “It has been 65 years since Nepal participated in the work of establishing world peace under the United Nations. We want to thank the UN for its trust in us.”
At present, Nepal ranks second among the countries that send troops to the United Nations peacekeeping missions. There is a commitment that up to 10,000 trained peacekeepers can be mobilised for peacekeeping at the call of the United Nations, he said.
Nepal is making every possible effort to send capable women to the peacekeeping by meeting the set standards as per the United Nations-wide Gender Parity Strategy, he said.