UN Day 2017 celebrations in NepalOct 25, 2017
UN staff kicked off the 72nd UN Day on 24 October with an early-morning clean-up drive at UN Park in Jwagal, Lalitpur. Including volunteers from youth organizations and colleges, over 100 participants came together to pick litter from the premises, plant saplings in designated spots, as well as clean and paint several of the Park’s installations.
“Green, open public spaces are crucial to sustainable cities,” said Lakshmi Narayan Choudhari, Executive Director of the UN Park Development Committee, under the Ministry of Urban Development. “This park alone sees more than 1,000 visitors a day--it’s great to have UN staff take the initiative to the importance of keeping it clean and well-maintained for the benefit of the people who come here.”
Also present on the occasion, State Minister for Urban Development, Kunti Kumari Shahi touched upon the UN’s support to the Nepali people and the Government and expressing her thanks, said she hoped for similar initiatives and strengthened partnerships overall in the future.
All equipment and materials used in the drive were handed over to the Park Development Committee.
Alongside the drive, a mandala symbolizing the UN and Nepal's commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs) was prepared by a team of artists for display at the Patan Durbar Square.