Kathmandu: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha expressed Nepal’s commitment towards green development for resilient and sustainable economic growth, while also highlighting the plight of climate vulnerable mountainous countries like Nepal which have been bearing the disproportionate brunt of climate change.
Addressing the high-level forum on “Green Development” held on the theme of “Green Silk Road for Harmony with Nature” under the broader theme of “High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation: Together for Common Development and Prosperity” in Beijing, he called on the international community to fulfill their obligations under the Paris Agreement including financing commitments, according to Embassy of Nepal in Beijing.
He also underlined Nepal’s target of reaching a net zero carbon emission by 2045, five years ahead of the global timeline through eco-friendly strategies. Emphasizing the importance of connectivity for a landlocked country including like Nepal, he reiterated Nepal’s effort to strengthen connectivity with China through roads, railway, airway, ports, and grids in an orderly manner under the Trans-Himalayan Multidimensional Connectivity Network. Similarly, he underlined the importance of high-quality Belt and Road Cooperation to enhance connectivity and productivity as well as to respond to the needs of people and the planet.
Earlier, Shrestha attended the inaugural ceremony of the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which was attended by high level delegates from over 150 countries and 30 international organizations including the Secretary-General of the United Nations.