GANDAKI – Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said climate change, which has been already a global challenge, has its specific and severe implications in the South Asia mountain range.
Taking part in an interaction on Climate Change Dialogue organised by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) organised here today, the PM said, “Climate change is not just a national issue and challenge, it has been already globalised.” He added that if timely and adequate efforts were not taken by the international community in the minimization of climate change, its consequences would be more severe and challenging.
The Prime Minister took time to say that Nepal raised the issues of climate change and its impact on Nepal on a serious note in the recent United Nations General Assembly.
He said he would be representing Nepal in the 28th World Climate Summit to be held in upcoming month and would raise the matters seriously in the forum. According to the PM, the UN Secretary-General will be visiting Nepal to assess complications and risk of climate change in Nepal.
He pledged to seek international support to minimise losses and the risk of climate change in the mountain range including in Mustang of late. The Prime Minister announced an allocation of Rs 500 million from donor agencies to address climate-related issues in Nepal, with a particular focus on Mustang.
“Efforts are underway to garner the foreign assistance to rebuild the Kagbeni area damaged by the flood on August 13,” he said, adding the government is serious about the prevention of possible losses from climate change in Mustang.
The Prime Minister who arrived Mustang today made an aerial inspection of the flood-ravaged Kagbeni, Muktinath and Lomanthang of Upper Mustang.