UNDPA officially closes its Nepal liaison officeThe United Nations Department of Political Affairs has officially closed the doors of its Nepal Liaison Office, which was established in 2011 following the closure of the United Nations Mission in Nepal, the UN said in a statement on Friday.
The United Nations Department of Political Affairs has officially closed the doors of its Nepal Liaison Office, which was established in 2011 following the closure of the United Nations Mission in Nepal, the UN said in a statement on Friday.
Earlier in June, the government had decided to wind up the DPA office in Kathmandu following the completion of the majority of task related to the peace process. The government then called on the DPA officials based in Kathmandu to chart out a draw-down plan to depart from Kathmandu.
“Nepal has been a valuable partner of the United Nations and an active contributor of global peace operations since it joined the Organization in 1955. During this period, Nepal has undergone several historic transformations towards peace, stability, and prosperity,” the DPA statement said.
The government’s decision follows its stated position that Nepal’s political transition that started in 2006 has come to an end with the successful conclusion of elections to three tiers of government-local, provincial, and federal-as envisaged in the new federal constitution.
“Nepal’s home-grown and nationally owned peace process reached an important milestone following the adoption of an inclusive and democratic Constitution in 2015 and completion of three-tier elections in 2017,” the statement read.
Though one of the major aspects of the peace process like management of arms and armies of the former Maoist combatants is over, the most challenging and crucial part that involves transitional justice mechanisms is yet to take off. The unfinished business of transitional justice can now be handled by OHCHR, the United Nations human rights arms, headquartered in Geneva.
The United Nations and the international community have commended Nepal’s peaceful transition process, the UN body said. “The United Nations is committed to continuing to work with Nepali political leaders and civil society on consolidating the peace agenda, including on broader human rights and development goals, towards a future of sustained peace and prosperity,” the department said in its statement.