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Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Ramesh Nath Pandey will be leaving Kathmandu for Geneva on 12 March 2005 to lead the Nepalese delegation at the Sixty-first Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The Hon. Minister is scheduled to deliver a statement at the high-level segment of the Session on 15 March 2005.
During his stay in Geneva, the Hon. Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with various dignitaries attending the session, as well as senior officials of the United Nations system in Geneva. Among others, the Minister will meet the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss the human rights situation in the country. He is also scheduled to meet Acting UN High Commissioner for Refugees to discuss the situation with regard to the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.
As a party to 16 international instruments on human rights, including the six core human rights treaties, Nepal is committed to uphold the principles of respect for protection and promotion of human rights through capacity building at the national level. Nepal intends to work closely with other members of the CHR to this end, and on other areas of human rights, including for enabling the CHR to serve the purpose it was created for.
The 61st session of CHR is scheduled to open on 14 March, and convene as high-level segment until 17 March, following which the annual session will be held through 22 April 2005. Nepal is a member of the Commission on Human Rights for the term 2004-2006. Members of the Nepalese delegation include HE Gyan Chandra Acharya, Ambassador /Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and other senior officials of His Majesty's Government.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
11 March 2005