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DPM Thapa shares post-quake experiences

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, co-chaired on Tuesday the High-Level Leaders’ Roundtable on “Characteristic Disaster and Climate Change: Managing Risks and Crises Differently” – one of the seven roundtables being organised as part of the World Humanitarian Summit being held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Speaking on the occasion, Thapa shared to world leaders the experiences and lessons learned by Nepal in the process of rescue, rehabilitation, and reconstruction following the devastating earthquake that struck the country last year.

DPM Thapa pointed out that putting in place effective policy, program, strategy and institutional mechanism was a very important step towards developing a consistent framework for climate action and ensuring multi stakeholder partnership at the national, regional and international levels, during the summit’s roundtable.

He informed the leaders in the roundtable that Nepal had a National Adaptation Plan of Action, a Local Adaptation Plan of Action, environmental and climate policies and programs as well as Environment and Climate Change Councils at the highest level to muster political will in this area.

It is stated in a press statement disseminated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday.

Emphasizing the need of build back better for increased resilience at the community level to ensure quick response and avoidance of bigger losses in life and property when disasters strike, he observed that the build back better called for increased financial resources, application of technology suitable to the local situation, and increased innovation.

The DPM underlined the necessity of more investment on preparedness as it was important to minimize risk and damage.

The roundtable was moderated by the UN Secretary General, who, during his remarks following the statement made by the DPM, appreciated the quick response and effective coordination of the Government of Nepal in the aftermath of last year’s earthquakes.

The other co-chairs of the roundtable were the President of Republic of Nauru, the Deputy President of Kenya and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

DPM Thapa was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi during the roundtable.

On the sidelines of the roundtable meeting, DPM Thapa also had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sweden. During the meeting the matters of mutual interest, including the Swedish economic cooperation to Nepal, were discussed.

DPM Thapa left for Israel in the afternoon for his two-day visit to Israel, where he would have meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Israel.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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