‘Eradicate poverty to achieve peace, security and sustainability’

  • Dahal speech in nanjing

Sep 20, 2018-

Joint Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday said security, sustainability and a peaceful society cannot be achieved by keeping a large section of the population in poverty.

Speaking at an event held in Nanjing, in China’s Chyangsu province, on International Day of Peace, he said sustainable peace and real security would remain a pipedream unless the challenges of climate change and poverty are dealt with.

The theme of event was ‘Let Us Work Together for Sustainable Peace and Security in the World and for Building a Common Future for Human Race’

“Climate change poses a major challenge to human security. Global warming, desertification, shortage of water and other adverse effects of climate change have spawned conflict in various areas,” Dahal told the gathering in Nanjing.

Peace and security are prerequisites to ensure a dignified life. The basis of dignified life is inclusivity, equality and sustainable development, he said.

“The stark division and inequality between the countries and citizens are the present realities. Poverty is a formidable challenge,” he said.

He expressed concern over the widening gap between the rich and the poor, although hundreds of thousands of people have been brought out of poverty in the last few decades.

“It is a matter of happiness that the international community has widely internalized the importance of working together for development and becoming prosperous to promote global peace and security. It is widely accepted that there cannot be development without peace and vice-versa. We can say that we are comparatively in the phase of peaceful world,” he said.

Although many countries are seriously working to achieve durable peace, security and order, some issues remain unresolved. Collective effort would help find solutions to these issues, he said.

Dahal reminded the gathering on the improved links between countries and the people of the world because of globalisation and the rapid development of information and communications.

“We are together facing the challenges brought about by globalisation. There are reasons for us to be optimistic. The technological development and discovery in one country has made the lives of people easier throughout the world. The rapid and sustainable economic development in one part of the world has raised the hopes for prosperity in rest of the world,” he said.

Appreciating the role played by China’s leadership to connect various countries and the people, he said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at integrating markets and promoting regional economic cooperation, has received support from the international community.

He expressed confidence on behalf Nepal that BRI would support in building infrastructure in the Himalayan region thereby removing the obstacles and difficulties in the movement of goods, services, and people. He said expanded connectivity would promote productivity, trade and commerce.

Pointing out that Nepal has been often advocated the principles of UN Declaration, Dahal said Nepal remains committed to global peace as it is enshrined in its constitution.

Dahal is currently on a four-day visit to China. He returns to Nepal today.

Published: 20-09-2018 07:24

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