Kathmandu: Vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr Min Bahadur Shrestha has highlighted the impacts of multiple crises on Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Delivering a statement on behalf of the LDCs at the General Debate of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York on Monday, he also underscored the key priorities for accelerating the implementation of the SDGs in the LDCs. The NPC Vice-chair attended the opening of the three-day High-level Ministerial Segment of the Forum earlier the same day, the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York said in a press release.
On the occasion he urged the global community to rally behind the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs to ensure its full and timely implementation and support LDCs to achieve structural transformation through innovation and technology transfer. He emphasized the importance of multilateralism and the need for the reform of global financial architecture. Vice-chair Shrestha also called the global community for the allocation of SDG Stimulus to support the implementation of SDGs as well as for mobilizing SDRs worth 100 billion dollars for the LDCs. “The LDCs must be the centre of the global focus: SDGs will succeed if LDCs succeed,” he said.
Dr Shrestha leads a Nepali delegation to the High-level Political Forum. The delegation includes Prakash Pantha, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly, Mahesh Kumar Bartaula and Madhav Sapkota, Members of the House of Representatives of Federal Parliament, Secretaries and officials of the Government of Nepal and officials of the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations. This year’s HLPF is being held in the UN Headquarters from 10 to 19 July 2023 under the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.”