UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday told the ongoing United Nations virtual summit that only a collaborative and science-based global partnership can help the world face the difficult months and years ahead.
“Only a collaborative, democratic, science-based and coordinated global partnership will help us face the difficult months and years ahead,” Oli told the General Debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly via a pre-recorded speech.
“We support the efforts of the United Nations, World Health Organization and the World Bank Group in leading the global response to the pandemic. In particular, we commend the UN secretary-general for launching the Comprehensive Response to COVID-19,” said the prime minister of the Himalayan country, which borders China in the north and India in the south.
“What matters most in the ongoing health crisis is an easy, smooth and affordable access by all to anti-COVID vaccines after they are developed; sharing of knowledge and experiences; and provision of timely supply of medical equipment and medicines,” he said.
Noting that multilateral cooperation has been an obvious casualty in the face of unilateral tendencies and protectionist policies, Oli underscored that “the theme of ‘the future we want, and the UN we need’ resonates very well with the present situation.”
“It is unthinkable to talk about degrading the value of multilateralism at a time when its relevancy becomes more pronounced than ever. Larger global good, not the parochial national interest, should underpin multilateralism and the rules-based order,” he said.
“This historic 75th anniversary of the United Nations is a time to muster stronger political will for an enhanced international cooperation and solidarity and envision a future that is safer, more equitable and just,” said the prime minister. Enditem