KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha has stressed the need for multilateral approach to deal with global economic, social and environmental challenges that the world is currently facing.
In his address to special Ministerial Meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Monday, Minister Shrestha argued that multilateral approach is the only way to address those problems as no single country has the capacity to overcome those challenges by itself without concerted support and cooperation at regional and global levels.
According to a press statement issued by Nepal´s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, Shrestha also emphasized on the need for a robust ECOSOC for integrated and coordinated follow-up of the outcomes of all major UN conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields, particularly for the effective implementation of the Istanbul Program of Action for the LDCs.
Minister Shrestha, who reached New York on Sunday leading Nepalese delegation to the UNGA, also attended the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Rule of Law on Monday.
Addressing the meeting, Minister Shrestha emphasized that ensuring rule of law at the international level as well. "Rule of law, however, should not be used as cover for domination of one country by another, while practicing double standard in its application should be avoided," he added.
Minister Shrestha also held bilateral meetings with Foreign and Trade Minister of Republic of Korea Kin Sun-hwan and Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa on matters of bilateral interests. He also had a brief meeting with US President Barack Obama at the reception hosted by the president and Mrs Obama in honor of the Heads of Delegation to the 67th sessions of the UNGA.