The Himalayan Times: Nepal renewed its support to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) agenda.
Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, extended Nepal’s strong solidarity in the cause of the third United Nations Conference on SIDS in Samoa, on Wednesday.
Addressing the general debate of the Conference, the Ambassador said that Nepal joins forces in seeking to effectively address the SIDS’ special vulnerability and challenges.
“Now is the time for honest and meaningful action by the international community to yield more positive results on the ground so that the SIDS’ small size, limited resources, isolation from markets, and the exposure to climate change cease to further inhibit their socio-economic development,” said Bhattarai, according to the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the UN.
The Mission issued a press statement from New York yesterday informing that Bhattarai is attending the Conference being held in Apia of Samoa from 1 to 4 September.
Bhattarai stated that the international community is clear on how climate change undermines the sustainable development aspirations of SIDS while existential threat on many of them.
“The science is clear on how that could, and should, be handled. What is increasingly frustrating, though, is the lack of requisite collective political will without which little can be done in addressing the SIDS’ requirements,” the Mission’s statement quoted Bhattarai as saying.
Bhattarai added that the sustainable development challenges faced by SIDS have been equally challenging for the least developed and land-locked mountain countries like Nepal. In South Asia, the increasingly rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers and the resulting floods and landslides has been devastating to the fragile ecosystem, lives and livelihoods of the people and the hard-earned development infrastructure, observed Bhattarai.
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