Govt committed to reliable, affordable energy

By A Staff Reporter

barsmanKathmandu, May 26: Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barshaman Pun ‘Ananta’, on Friday participated in the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the global plan of action of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) 2014-2024: A Mid-point Review organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in New York. 

Speaking in the High-Level Dialogue, Minister Pun highlighted the importance of SE4ALL initiative and reiterated the commitment of the government to ensuring reliable, affordable and modern energy for all.

According to the Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations, Minister Pun also highlighted that Sustainable Development Goal 7 has an important cross-cutting dimension and fulfilling this goal would help achieve other important goals and targets including poverty reduction (Goal 1) and sustainable infrastructure (Goal 9).

The Minister also shared that significant progress has been made in the areas of developing and mainstreaming hydropower as well as renewable energy projects with a view to reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels by replacing them with clean sources of energy.

He also highlighted that concerted efforts and enhanced international cooperation and commitments from all sides would play a crucial role in achieving affordable and clean energy.
Later on Friday, the Minister held a meeting with LIU Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other aspects of Nepal-UN cooperation, including in energy.
Minister Pun also attended a dinner hosted in his honour by Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, at his official residence. 

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