KATHMANDU, DEC 05 -
Ajay Chhibber, United Nations assistant secretary general, UNDP assistant administrator and director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, is arriving in Kathmandu on Wednesday on a two-day visit to gain firsthand knowledge of Nepal’s current development situation.
While in Nepal, Chhibber will meet Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun, other senior officials, development partners, civil society representatives and members of the UN country team, the UNDP said in a statement.
On Thursday, Chhibber will jointly launch the 2012 Asia Pacific Human Development Report with National Planning Commission (NPC) Vice-chairman Deependra Bahadur Kshetry. The report, which focuses on the impact of climate change on human development, argues that without timely action, “climate change threatens further progress in poverty reduction and it could also render already hard-won human development gains unsustainable.” Unlike the countries that became industrialised in the past, the report says, “countries in the Asia-Pacific now have to strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions. Their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide.” During the launch, Chhibber will give a presentation on challenges faced by mountain nations like Nepal due to climate change.
During his meeting with UNDP’s key partners in government, development partners and members of civil society organisations, Chhibber will underscore UNDP’s long-term commitment to remaining engaged in Nepal’s complex transition process. Chhibber will also meet the officiating chief election commissioner and other officials to discuss UNDP support to the Election Commission to strengthen its institutional and professional capacities for holding free, fair and credible elections.
Posted on: 2012-12-05 02:00