Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, announced today the allocation of nearly Rs 500 million to Mustang district. Speaking at a program held in Mustang, the Prime Minister unveiled a substantial portion of this fund – Rs 50 million – designated to mitigate climate change impacts in the region.
The Rs 500 million allocation is part of a larger international initiative, from which Nepal secured funds to address the pressing climate change issues affecting the Himalayan region. Prime Minister Dahal highlighted the gravity of the situation, emphasizing that climate change is not just a national concern but an international crisis with implications far beyond Nepal’s borders.
The Mustang district is known for its historical significance, unique geography, rich cultural heritage, and traditional practices. Prime Minister Dahal reaffirmed the government’s unwavering commitment to preserving these attributes, which are now under threat due to the consequences of climate change.
Addressing the audience, Prime Minister Dahal underscored the unprecedented melting of snow in the Himalayan region, which has had dire consequences for people’s livelihoods and the local ecosystem. He detailed his efforts to draw global attention to this pressing issue, including speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and the United Nations Conference on Food in Rome, Italy.
Prime Minister Dahal also issued a dire warning about the consequences of inaction. Neglecting the environmental devastation in the Himalayas and the broader region could result in a catastrophic human and environmental disaster on a global scale if the international community does not prioritize the Global Fund for this region.
The Prime Minister concluded his address by announcing his participation in the upcoming COP-28 conference on climate change. At this global forum, he intends to once again raise awareness about the critical issue of climate change in the Himalayan region, underscoring the urgency of collective action to address this global challenge.