KATHMANDU, Sept. 28: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha, who has been in New York in course of attending 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, attended the Annual Ministerial meeting of the LDC Group of countries.
Addressing the meeting in the capacity of the chair of the Global Coordination Bureau of the LDCs, Minister Shrestha further recalled Nepal’s relentless efforts to advance the shared interests and concerns of LDCs within and beyond the United Nations system and processes.
Despite the adverse effect of the ongoing global crises, all members have worked hard and succeeded in forging consensus over a global framework of action for the LDCs in the 4th UN Conference on LDCs which adopted Istanbul Program of Action for 10 years (IPOA), he acknowledged.
The Minister emphasized that it is a moral imperative of the global community to scale up support for the LDCs in achieving the overarching goals of sustainable development, said the Nepal´s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
The need of the time is to ensure full and speedy implementation of the IPOA so as to lift-off half of the LDCs from their current status, he stressed.
Nepal had taken over the responsibility of Chairmanship of LDCs Global Coordination Bureau from Bangladesh in September 2009.
On the occasion, Shrestha handed over a gavel, as a symbol of Chair, to Prof. Nassirou Bako-Arifari, Foreign Minister of Benin.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha held separate bilateral meetings with Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign affairs of Luxembourg and Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.
On the occasion, the leaders exchanged views on the ways and means of strengthening bilateral relations and agreed to work together in international forums including the United Nations for advancing mutual interests, said the Mission sources