Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba highlighted the need for a robust and renewed global partnership to build a greener, safer and more sustainable world. He also called for ensuring easier and direct access to financing and modern technologies for the countries in special situations.

Addressing the High-level Dialogue on Energy through a pre-recorded video on Friday afternoon, the Prime Minister said that energy is crucial in achieving the 2030 Agenda and implementing the Paris Agreement.

Stating that Nepal has intensified its efforts to accelerate energy and climate actions in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, he said, “Nepal has made good progress in providing clean and reliable energy to our people. As a result, 90 per cent of the population has access to electricity.”

He further said that energy plays a catalytic role to combat climate change and attain the goals related to poverty reduction, gender equality, food security, health and education, among others.

“The progress on SDG 7 has been mixed and uneven and countries like Nepal with low income, difficult geographic terrain and dispersed settlements are facing additional challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic,” said Prime Minister Deuba. The pandemic has also compounded the challenges of delivering clean and affordable energy for all by 2030, he said.

“However, we must not change our collective ambition. We must act on transition to cleaner, greener and smarter energy and must build a global coalition for 2050 net-zero pathways,” he emphasized.

Prime Minister Deuba stressed that every country, every industry and every person should correct the way of doing, making, or producing things. “The world must de-carbonize energy solutions, leverage energy actions for advancing other SDGs, and eliminate harm to the health of our planet,” he said, adding that the COP-26 must take bold steps and provide a breakthrough on energy transition.

The Prime Minister also expressed Nepal’s commitment to realize climate-resilient development pathways and net-zero emissions through the utilization of Nepal’s vast hydropower potential and other renewable energy sources.

A large number of Heads of State/Government, ministers, parliamentarians and high-level UN officials are scheduled to address the Dialogue.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka held a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al- Jaber Al-Sabah on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UNGA on Saturday.

The two sides discussed various matters of common concern, ranging from migrant workers to promotion of trade, tourism and investment. The two ministers agreed to expedite pending agreements and work closely to enhance cooperation and collaboration by exchanging high-level visits.

Foreign Minister Khadka also held a meeting with UN USG for Department of Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The two sides exchanged views to further strengthen the existing cooperation between Nepal and the United Nations in UN peacekeeping operations. During the meeting, the foreign minister reiterated Nepal’s call to increase the number of Nepali peacekeepers and ensure their presence at higher posts in the field and UN headquarters.