In a major step that enhances country’s participation in the United Nations (UN) platform, Nepal has decided to appoint two special diplomats in its Permanent Mission to UN, Geneva.
“The human rights council is one the busiest platforms among UN that convenes meetings every day. Considering the workload, we have decided to reinforce two diplomats exclusively to attend the meetings and cover the events in Geneva,” said Bharat Raj Paudyal, Spokesperson, Nepali Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
According to Paudyal, Joint Secretary Tirtha Raj Wagle and the Under-Secretary Ram Prasad Subedi have already been appointed for taking up new assignments in Geneva.
“To fulfill our responsibility as a member, we have decided to enforce additional manpower. Besides other regular works, the council also focuses on pressing human rights issues that call for some dedicated officials to attend in the meetings,” informed Paudyal.
This move by MoFA Nepal is aimed at managing workload following Nepal’s recent election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2018-20 term.
Securing 166 votes, the highest in the Asia-Pacific Group, Nepal gained UNHRC membership in New York in the last week of October 2018.