Kathmandu, 2nd July, 2021
The attention of the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal has been drawn towards a factually incorrect news item headlined 'EU gives NPR 15 million to Rupa Sunar to incite ethnic tensions in Nepal.' The EU Delegation to Nepal stands ready to provide further information on the EU's activities and its partnership with Nepal.
"Our mandate in Nepal focusses on a development partnerhsip aiming at having a common understanding on issues of mutual concern and thereby working together to help Nepal achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and graduate from LDC status by 2026," EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez said.
The European Union (EU) has established a strong partnership with Nepal since 1975 as a trusted partner and reliable friend. This relationship is not limited to extending financial support but also aims to collaborate jointly in different international fora on the issues of strategic significance and common interest, including global peace and order, stability, sustainable development, climate change etc.
The EU strictly provides financial support to Nepal through government treasury, multilateral agencies and Civil Society Organizations operational in Nepal through a competitive and transparent process. All the programmes outlined for EU-Nepal cooperation adhere to 'Leaving no One behind,' the overarching principle of Sustainable Development Goals, as well as realizing the domesitc policy provisions and the international commitments of Nepal.
The EU is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, as well as peace and well-being of its peoples. These values are common to its Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail. They are enshrined in the fundamental treaty of Lisbon.
Consequently in its relations with the wider world, the Union upholds the principles, which have guided its own creations, development and enlargement, and promotes its values, such as democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity. The EU also contributes to peace, security, the sustainbable development of the Earth, solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, free and fair trade, eradication of poverty, as well as the strict observance and the development of international law, including the respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Internatinal law.
Adhering to the principles of multilateralism, the EU abides by its international commitments including the Paris and Accra declarations, Busan platform of action in terms of supporting all developing nations.The EU shares with Nepal their common adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, based on the principles that all humans are born free, and equal in dignity and rights without any distinctions.
The European Union in Nepal supports combating against discrimination, promoting participation and inclusive development process and development benefits shared by all on equitable and sustainable manner. In doing so, the European Union has been consistently committed to going along with its Nepalese partners and friends in the implemntation of the Constitution of Nepal, that expresses its determination to create a multi-caste, multi-lingual and multi-cultural society, by ending discriminations related to class, caste, region, language, religion and gender including all forms of racial untouchablity.
The EU has been working together with the National Human Rights Commission, and around 300 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the protection of rights and promotion of women and child rights, of the elderly and the marginalized communities under a rights based approach.
In general, the EU has prioritized three key areas of cooperation-- Green Growth and Green Recovery, Human Capital Development and Good Governance. Adherence and respect of human rights as a driver for peace, stabilty and development is a cross cutting issue for all these interventions, as well their inclusiveness.
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