Nepal expresses commitment to Voluntary Compact

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KATHMANDU — As one of the top troops and police contributing countries to UN peacekeeping operations, Nepal has expressed commitments to the Voluntary Compact against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse proposed by the Secretary-General in the 72 Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA on September 18.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Krishna Bahadur Mahara expressed Nepal’s commitment to the UN Secretary-General’s proposal.

The Compact emphasizes the shared principles on which the United Nations and Member States support peace operations on the ground and the overall functioning of the UN system, and includes specific commitments for prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also today, Nepal participated in the High-Level Event on United Nations Reform co-hosted by United States, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Uruguay. The Event was attended by the countries, including Nepal, that have signed the Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform.

DPM Mahara also participated in the High-Level Open Debate on Reform of UN Peacekeeping Operations organized by the UN Security Council; the high-level event on Water for Sustainable Development; High-Level Event to End Forced Labor, Slavery, Child Labor and Trafficking; and High-Level Event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, according to Hari Lamichhane, the DPM’s press and public relations coordinator.

Mahara arrived in New York Monday morning, to participate in the 72nd session of the UNGA. The DPMFM visited the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations and the Consulate General of Nepal in New York.