KATHMANDU: Nepal has prioritised compensation to the communities which are most vulnerable to climate change in the country. The government will raise this agenda at the imminent UN climate event, COP28, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said.
Indigenous communities, women, and children are hit hard by the climate change impacts in Nepal, PM Dahal reminded, adding that the assistance and grants received from the international agencies will be channelised for these vulnerable groups.
PM Dahal made such remarks during a meeting held with a delegation of Sathsathai Foundation on Saturday morning.
The Foundation's Chairperson Prajeeta Karki handed over a memorandum to the prime minister reminding him of ensuring compensation to the most affected communities.
In the Nepal pavilion to be organised in the COP28 sideline, the women-focused non-profitable organisation will have two events, Karki informed.
Mentioning that it is a matter of happiness for Nepal that the Princess of Qatar will be visiting as a guest in a programme to be held at Nepal's pavilion, Foreign Minister NP Saud said Nepali Embassies in Doha of Qatar and Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates would coordinate for it accordingly.
The memorandum submitted to PM Dahal stated that the snow melts in mountains have increased due to climate change and the outburst of glacial lakes is likely to happen.
Similarly, it also suggested that Nepal should strongly raise its voice in international forums for climate justice as livelihood, health, education and employment of local communities have been seriously affected due to climate change-borne disasters.
Foreign Minister Saud, Climate Advisor to the Prime Minister as well as Foundation Chair, Karki, Vice-Chairperson of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, Tasi Lhamu Sherpa, among others, were present on the occasion.