Nepali Congress leader & former DPM/Foreign Minister Hon. Sujata Koirala left for Moscow, Russia to attend ICAPP, International Conference of Asian Political Parties 10th General Assembly (GA) to be held in Moscow from 24 October- 27 October 2018 under the auspices of the ruling party, United Russia Party.

May 18, 2018


Former Deputy Prime Minister, Central Working Committee Member of Nepali Congress Party and Member of Parliament Hon Sujata Koirala send her remarks on Cooperating in affordable and clean energy, mitigating climate change and preventing environmental degradation to 2nd Meeting of the Asia-Europe Forum (AEPF) which took place in London on 18 May 2018.

Remarks by Hon’ble Sujata Koirala, Member of House of Representatives and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, at the First Working Session of the Second Meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum on the theme: Asia-Europe Partnership and the Role of Political Parties in Regional Cooperation and Connectivity. 

I am honoured and privileged to be here before an enlightened and enthusiastic audience at this prestigious Renmin University of China. I am grateful to know that Renmin University is a vibrant centre for research and studies on humanities and social science.

It is my privilege and honourto represent the Nepali Congress at this important forum.

Nepali Congress expresses sincere thanks for the kind invitation to this meeting and greatly appreciates the generous hospitality extended to us.

चिनियाँ दुतावासको साँस्कृतिक विभागका प्रमुख चाङ्ग विङ्ग
चीन संस्कृति केन्द्रका निर्देशक यीन कुन सोङ्ग
उपस्थित दाजुभाई तथा दिदिबहिनीहरु

नेपाल र चीन बीच शताब्दियौं पुरानो साँस्कृतिक सम्बन्ध रही आएको छ। यो साँस्कृतिक सम्बन्धको एउटा प्रमुख आधार बौद्धधर्म, दर्शन र संस्कृति हो । चीनका प्रसिद्ध विद्धान भिक्षुहरु फाश्यान र स्वेन चाङ्गको दक्षिण एसियाको यात्राले चीन र नेपालको साँस्कृतिक सम्बन्धलाई जोडेको मात्र छैन लुम्बिनी भगवान बुद्धको जन्मस्थल भनि प्रमाणित अभिलेख पनि विश्वलाई छोडेर गएको छ।

As all of us aware that an insurgency-10 years of civil war in Nepal, between Maoist and government forces witnessed the pain is not worth it. Many of Nepalese citizens have been killed and property has been destroyed in chaos situation. Most negative feature has to deal with social costs.

I am deeply saddened and shocked  to learn about the passing away of His Excellency Mr. Shimon Peres,  Noble laureate, former President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Israel.  I recall my meeting with him in Tel Aviv, when my father and Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala visited Israel. He was widely respected for his dedication and commitment to peace, which he truly and tirelessly pursued throughout his life. The late leader was a great advocate of Nepal-Israel relations. Nepal has lost a true friend and well-wisher in his death.

I personally feel that while assessing the SAARC process and its spirit,  we need to look at how SAARC started and also think of difficult circumstances at its birth, and regional situation prevailing at present, and  the context of evolving  dynamics of relations in bilateral relations. 

South Asia is a region of extraordinary economic potentials. As a seat of ancient civilization, the region has huge social and cultural diversity. This diversity needs to be strengthened by promoting people to people contacts. World Bank Reports project  South Asia as the fastest growing region in the world with economic growth projected to move from 7.1%  in 2016  to 7.3% in 2017. India remains at the center of this progress.  Given these potentials, SAARC can indeed become a launching pad for economic prosperity.

We are living at an extraordinary time which is characterized by extremely complex and fluid international relations that have enormous implications for peace, justice and prosperity. It is encouraging to note that ICAPP has been a forum discussing these issues over the years and working to overcome these challenges.

We are meeting here at an important juncture of our time.  There has been a massive social awakening around the world. We see politics being more radicalized. It is sad to note that at a time when our priorities would have been poverty eradication, elimination of deprivation and discrimination, increase in health and education facilities and promotion of human rights, we are confronted by transnational challenges including arms race, human trafficking and increasing activities of violent extremism and  terrorism. These are common threats, and we have to come together and work together to overcome these challenges.

Political parties constitute an integral part of democratic system of governance. Political parties are an indispensible link between people and the representative machinery of government. No democratic system can be envisaged without the role of political parties in advancing the political process, linking the people and governance on a daily basis.




Today with the availability of new technologies and their prospects, it is possible to depart from the traditional model of industrialization or development and build an economy that is both environmentally sustainable and increases the quality of life for its citizens. Here, I would like to underline the importance of constant cooperation from the developed world to the developing countries in the form of financial resources, as well as technological-, and knowledge transfers.

Transition is a moment of great transformations. It is also a difficult and sensitive situation. Transition moments are often caught between the forces of order and disorder. Transition has agendas of transformations focusing on fundamentals of democracy, development, inclusivity, science and technology, interdependence and market economy among others. 


Asia is not only the largest region of the world in terms of population and the diversity of the geo-physical conditions and the richness of the ethno-cultural and religious mosaic but also the dynamism the region has demonstrated in terms of economic development and social transformation. 

The two areas, of closer cooperation in trade, and enhanced people-to-people relations, are mutually reinforcing in that growth in one area will have the effect of leading to growth in the other, and the development of neither side should be neglected. The common forces binding them together are the mutually beneficial relationships that can be forged and the trust and understanding that can be developed.

As we speak here today; thousands of people including women and girls across the world lose their lives or become forever scared at the hands of traffickers. After 67 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaiming all human being are born equal in dignity and rights, we are convened here to discuss on one of the most heinous human behaviors in the human history, known as 'Human Trafficking'.

I believe, as do others, that these are challenges of global scale and intensity, demanding global response to tackling them. Such a response would require working collectively and globally for peace-in the world, in the country and in our lives.  It is in this context that, I think, the role of the UN becomes all the more indispensible, as it is the only organization, with global reach and membership. That is why Nepal has always an abiding faith in the principles and objectives of the United Nations to promote international peace and security. 

The human civilization has embraced the process of globalization. Not only has it offered abundant opportunities for mankind but it also has created some significant challenges before them. 

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