Australian Embassy
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Press Statements 2017

27 April 2017

International community commend preprations for Nepal local elections

Kathmandu, 27 April 2017: The undersigned members of the international community recognize the efforts of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal.

It has been two decades since local elections were last held, and Nepalis are keen to exercise their right to elect their local representatives. Local elections are crucial in revitalizing democracy at the grassroots level and strengthening government accountability.

With less than a month left before the scheduled election date, we encourage efforts to continue to forge a political agreement to enable the participation of as wide a section of the population as possible and broaden support to the process. This will bolster the credibility of the elections and facilitate the implementation of the Constitution.

We call on all parties to mutually respect the freedom of peaceful expression and assembly, and individual voters’ rights as laid out in Nepal’s laws and constitution. We also call on the security forces to comply with existing national and international standards when carrying out their duties.

We are committed to working with all stakeholders for a peaceful, inclusive, broadly-supported and credible election process.

Issued by: Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Germany, Delegation of the European Union, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of France, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of the United States of America, United Nations in Nepal, World Bank.

21 March 2017

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP announce the appointment of Mr Peter Budd as Australia’s next Ambassador to Nepal.

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7 March 2017

Discussion on inclusive education for girls/women with disability held to mark International Women’s Day 2017

On 7 March 2017, the Australian Embassy in partnership with Nepal Disabled Women Association and Sancharika Samuha, Nepal, hosted a panel discussion on “Inclusive Quality Education: What it means for girls/women with disabilities” to observe International Women’s Day 2017.

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21 February 2017

Australia launches AUD42m sustainable development program in Himalayan river basins

Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, HE Glenn White announced launch of the second phase of activities in the Himalayan river basins under the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP2), an Australian Government regional development program to improve integrated management of water, energy and food in parts of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh, addressing climate risk and the interests of women and girls.

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