September 21, 2017
As part of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Government of Nepal signed the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty in New York yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is in New York for 72nd UNGA session, signed the treaty on behalf of the Nepali Government.
Stating that “it is a good step towards nuclear disarmament”, Nepali Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bharat Raj Paudyal informed that Nepal’s stand on the disarmament of weapons causing mass destruction (including nuclear weapons) remains consistent and principled.
Apart from signing the treaty, Mahara attended the opening of General Debate of 72nd UNGA session titled ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’, which was also attended by US President Donald Trump, among others.
Mahar also participated in another session titled Leaders’ Event on Forced Labor, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, organized by British Prime Minister Theresa May. In his remarks, Mahara iterated Nepal’s commitment towards addressing issues related to forced and bonded labor, human trafficking and slavery.
The Deputy PM further pitched on the need to focus on education and awareness in collaboration with UN agencies and NGOs.
Mahara also had bilateral talks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, where both the leaders discussed Nepal-Norway bilateral ties and cooperation.