Nepal’s Amrit Rai to lead key UN committee dealing with pressing global issues

14 June 2020 I Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations is set to lead “the Second Committee” tackling some of the most important issues of the modern world.

On Thursday, Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai was elected the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Committee, also known as the Second Committee, of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for its 75th Session. He was elected unanimously on June 11.

The Committee the Nepalese diplomat will be leading is one of six main committees of the UNGA and deals with pressing global financial and economic matters.

This is the first time Nepal is assuming the chairmanship of the Committee, the Nepalese mission at the UN said in a press release.

“This is an important opportunity for Nepal to amplify its positive role at the international arena by further contributing to the work of the United Nations. Nepal is grateful to the members of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) for endorsing Ambassador Rai and to all member states for reposing their trust and confidence on Nepal,” the Nepal mission added.

Some of the pressing issues Mr Rai will be brainstorming are sustainable development, eradication of poverty, trade, financing for development, globalization, international financial systems, ICTs for development, climate change and disaster.

Mr Rai has been Nepal’s Permanent Representative since March last year. He had previously served as Nepal’s Ambassador to South Africa and as Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

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