UN Day celebrated at the Russian Center of Science and Culture
The 66th UN Day was marked by United Nations Association of Nepal (UNA) through holding an annual talk programme at the Russian Center of Science & Culture (RCSC) organized in cooperation with the Russian Embassy in Kathmandu.
The function was chaired by the UNA President Asso.Prof. Dr. Dambar Bir Thapa. Among the key speakers there were UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal Mr. Robert Piper, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Nepal H. E. Dr. Sergey V. Velichkin, Former Nepalese Ambassador to Bangladesh Prof. Dr. Mohan Prasad Lohani, Former Nepalese Ambassador to Japan Dr. Bishnu Hari Nepal and the Co-President of UNA Mr. Radesh Pant.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal Hon. Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha kindly consented to be the Chief Guest. Having highly appreciated the UNís proactive role in post-conflict recovery of Nepal, Hon.Minister presented to the audience an extensive outlook of Nepalís long-lasting engagement in the activities of numerous UN agencies giving a special emphasis on Nepalís chairmanship in the group of the Least Developing Countries and its contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions all over the globe.
Welcoming the gathering, Mr. Robert Piper expressed his sincere gratitude to the RCSC for the traditional hospitality and an opportunity to take the floor and elaborate on his vision of the UNís reinventing agenda here.
The audience showed a vivid interest to the Russian Ambassadorís address (extract):
ďIt gives me pleasure to address you on this occasion with words of welcome in the RCSC as well as on the occasion of the United Nations Day. For Russia, a founding member, of course it is a special day, it brings in memory all those victories which laid foundation for the spirit of the United Nations, for the diplomatic feat which was the result of efforts of diplomats of the fighting United Nations during the second World War to establish this organization with the purpose to rid the succeeding generations of the scourge of war forever.
The United Nations with a passage of time have acquired a new agenda, a part of which is developmental partnerships, developmental efforts and I think Nepal seems to be one of their emerging success stories. Allow me to express my sincere wish to all who have gathered here that Nepal succeeds in reinventing itself as an independent and proud nation where people live prosperously and at peace with each other. At the same time I must say that I did not mean on this occasion to dwell particularly upon the developmental experiences because I consider that it is a result of a broader interaction internationally, including between Nepal and Russia, involving that agenda which I have mentioned. It is not a coincidence that Nepalís membership in the United Nations started in December 1955 and hardly half a year after that our two countries established diplomatic relations. It marked the beginning of our fruitful interaction in the United Nations as well as in other international fora for the benefit of our two peoples and for the benefit of humanity starting that cooperative, collaborative framework in international relations which we finally see emerging today.
We are celebrating the 66th anniversary of the United Nations at a time when international relations are going through ďa zone of turbulenceĒ, to borrow a word form aviation. The Middle East and Northern Africa have entered a period of large-scale changes, and the situation is "feverish" in some other parts of the world as well. We have not yet been able to reliably put the world economy back on the track of progressive sustainable development. The accumulation of alarming factors has been accompanied by exacerbation of social, interethnic and intercultural conflicts and outbreaks of extremism.
Just as a ship caught in adverse weather conditions that needs a united team and a compass to take the right course, the international community today especially needs a combination of efforts to respond to the common challenges and clear guidelines to strengthen the mechanisms of global governance. We are convinced that such guidelines should include, first and foremost, the rule of international law, clear, strict and responsible use of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, and the will to implement a positive unification agendaĒ.