UNDP Regional Director arrives on a three day visit on Wednesday

Dec 4, 2012

Mr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific is arriving tomorrow for a three day (5-7 Dec.) visit to gain firsthand knowledge of current development situation.


While in Nepal, Mr. Chhibber will meet with the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Baburam Bhattarai, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mr. Barsha Man Pun, other senior officials, development partners, civil society representatives and members of UN country team.


On Thursday Mr. Chhibber will jointly launch the 2012 Asia Pacific Human Development Report with the Vice Chairman of Nepal’s National Planning Commission Mr. Deependra Bahadur Kshetry. The report, which focuses on the impact of climate change on human development, argues that without timely action, “climate change threatens further progress in poverty reduction and it could also render already hard-won human development gains unsustainable.” Unlike the countries that became industrialised in the past, the report says, “countries in the Asia-Pacific now have to strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emissions. Their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide.” During the launch, Mr. Chhibber will give a presentation on the challenges faced by mountainous countries like Nepal because of climate change.


During his meeting with UNDP’s key partners in the Government, development partners and members of civil society organizations, Mr. Chhibber will underscore UNDP’s long-term commitment to remain engaged in Nepal’s complex transition process. Mr Chhibber will also meet with the Officiating Chief Election Commissioner and other officials to discuss UNDP’s support to the Election Commission of Nepal to strengthen its institutional and professional capacities for holding free, fair and credible elections.


With only three years left to achieve the MDGs, UNDP and the wider UN system is closely monitoring progress on this international agenda in the 177 countries and territories in which it works.


Operating in Nepal since 1963, UNDP Nepal is currently supporting more than 20 projects and programmesin the areas ofTransitional Governance; Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Livelihoods; Peace Building and Recovery; Energy, Environment and Natural Disaster Management; andHIV/AIDS.

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Contact Information

Mr. John Narayan Parajuli, Communications Analyst, UNDP, Tel: 00-977-1-5523200 Ext. 1077, narayan.parajuli@undp.org, Cell 9851122684


Ms. Tapa Dipti Sitaula, Communications Analyst, UNDP, Tel: 00-977-1-5523200 Ext. 1020, tapa.sitaula@undp.org