A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the Deputy Prime Minster of Nepal. Bringing the issue of sustainable development to the forefront of global discourse, he urged to ensure effective implementation of broad framework for global action for 'the Future We Want' and a post-2015 global development agenda laid out by the outcome document of Rio+20. He emphasized the reinforcement of the three pillars of sustainable development with poverty eradication, inclusive development and environmental conservation at the centre, and asked for fuller accommodation of the concerns of the developing countries, particularly the LDCs, in defining the important aspects of finance, technology transfer and capacity building. As Nepal attached priority to eradication of poverty, conservation of mountain ecosystem, combating climate change and desertification, and ensuring energy and food security, he called for the conservation needs of the mountain ecosystems and the development needs of the people living there to be coherently and holistically addressed with global partnership.
He addressed climate change as one of the greatest challenges of our time. "Its insidious effects are visible everywhere and are compounded by the consequent disasters of increasing magnitudes and frequencies," he said. He called for countries like Nepal, with negligible contribution to green house gases but having to bear the brunt of disproportionate impacts of climate change, to get special attention in creating and maintaining climate resilient societies and for the negotiations under the UNFCCC to continue to be guided by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in letter and spirit. He urged for the successor mechanism of Kyoto Protocol to ensure binding commitments and climate justice. and for the various funding mechanisms for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures to be activated to take up actions on urgent basis, as the retreat of glaciers, glacial lake outbursts, drastic change in precipitation patterns, the loss of biodiversity, water stress and desertification, weakened food and energy security, growing incidences and impacts of disasters, among other climate related problems, are pushing even harder.
He also mentioned that the Government of Nepal had formulated National Adaptation Plan of Action and designed framework for local level adaptation plan - the first of its kind in the region. Since climate change and sustainable development issues are inextricably linked, he called for enhanced support in capacity building and transfer of know-how and technology, as well as increased funding for suitable climate projects and disaster mitigation, in order to protect the unique environment of Nepal.
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