Acharya renews Nepal’s commitment to UNSCR

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Acharya also spoke about Nepal’s commitment to gender inclusiveness in every sphere of influence


KATHMANDU: Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Gyan Chandra Acharya uttered that Nepal has adopted the National Action Plan (NAP) on Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 for the period of five year from 2011 to 2015.

Speaking at the open debate of the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security on Friday, Acharya expressed his readiness and eagerness to collaborate with international community for an effective implementation of its National Action Plan, upholding goals and vision inscribed in the resolution 1325 with an adequate financial and human resources support and capacity building, and only with a paradigm for inclusion and representation of women. UNSCR 1325 stresses the role of women as an active player in peacemaking and peace building and urges the member states for mainstreaming gender perspective by ensuring increased representation of women at all decision-making levels for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.

Acharya clarified that the National Actions Plan of Nepal is time bound and is structured around five pillars–participation, protection and prevention, promotion, relief and recovery, and monitoring and evaluation. This NAP was prepared with widest possible consultation with all the stakeholders and as such it assumes their important role in its implementation. In particular, the growing awareness of the rights of women and their increasing role in local governance, women specific issues and development-related activities are good signs of progress, which we can attribute to the recent transformation in Nepal.

Acharya also spoke about Nepal’s commitment to gender inclusiveness in every sphere of influence. “As enshrined in its Interim Constitution 2007, Nepal has one third of women representation in parliament. Local Peace Committees in all districts with at least 33 per cent women’s participation are functioning, which are empowered to address local level post-conflict related issues. Nepal has been implementing gender-based budgeting for some years, through which gender mainstreaming would get special attention in all developmental activities. Likewise, we are committed to increasing the number of women in our army and police forces,” said Acharya.

Acharya further said, Nepal has accorded a high priority to the protection and promotion of women rights with a belief that it is only in an inclusive process that our progress and development becomes sustainable and equitable.

Besides that, women are major stakeholders in the progress of a country, as their promotion creates a strong multiplier effect on many economic and social sectors. We have adopted various measures to fight against gender related violence namely establishment of a toll-free hotline at the Office of the Prime Minister, establishment of the Gender Violence Prevention Fund, and various Gender Violence Control Committees in all districts all over the country.

Date:- 2011-10-29




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