Statement by Nepal

Unofficial summary provided by United Nations Press Service

HARI KUMAR SHRESTHA (Nepal) strongly called for the International Decade on the Culture of Peace to develop a more targeted and focused direction of efforts into activities for children, particularly in countries seriously affected by conflict. He said the translation of reaffirmations and commitments into reality would make a true difference in advancing peace and harmony to promote greater understanding and cooperation. Interfaith dialogue and interface among civilizations were core human values promoted by tripartite actions on the parts of Governments, the United Nations system and civil society.

Noting that Nepal was the birthplace of Buddha -- an apostle of peace and harmony, he said the teachings of peace, compassion, non-violence and tolerance were more pertinent than ever in today’s turbulent world. The messages of peace and harmony resonated in every culture, civilization and faith. They were the guiding principles of the United Nations. He was encouraged by the international community’s renewed commitment, at a meeting in September, to developing the Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini, into a city of world peace.