Hervé Ladsous, Under Secretary General and Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations, is arriving in Nepal on July 21, Monday, on a two-day official visit to Nepal.
He is visiting the country at the invitation of the government. The objective of Ladsous' visit is to acquire information on the latest political situation, the progress made in terms of constitution writing and to take stock of the situation of the Nepalse Army and the security bodies.
In course of the visit, he is scheduled to meet separately with President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bamdev Gautam and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry stated that Prime Minister Koirala who also holds the Defence Ministry portfolio and who is currently in the U.S. in course of medical treatment is likely to return home during the UN Under Secretary-General's visit.
Under Secretary-General Ladsous will address the talk- Changing Scope and Dimension of Peacekeeping and Participation of Nepal- to be organized Monday by Institute of Foreign Affairs, as the key-note speaker.
The same day, the Nepal Army will organize a separate programme to provide information about its contribution to the UN peacekeeping operations, future plans and strategy. Along with the Army top brass, senior officials of the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs will attend the programme.
The government will urge the UN Under Secretary-General Ladsous for ensuring Nepal's representation at the policy framing and decision-making levels as well in the context of Nepal having contributed to the UN's efforts at maintaining world peace remaining in high-level peace keeping positions at the United Nations Headquarters and at the field offices and of it figuring sixth in the list of top 10 troop contributing countries to the UN peacekeeping operations.
Nepal’s contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping began in June 1958. In 2008, Nepal observed the 50th anniversary of Nepal’s participation in the UN peacekeeping operations. So far, Nepal has contributed more than 100,000 troops and police peacekeepers for the maintenance of international peace and security. As of November 2012, Nepal is participating in 11 different UN peacekeeping operations with 4492 peacekeepers.
Along with Nepal, other South Asian countries, namely, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also mobilized their armies in the different UN peacekeeping missions.