The EU’s engagement with Nepal is explicitly directed by the country’s priorities, core values, respect to universal human rights norms, transparency, and accountability.
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Nona Deprez, EU Ambassador to Nepal, said, “Our mandate in Nepal focuses on a development partnership aimed at establishing a common understanding on matters of mutual interest and so working together to help Nepal reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and graduate from LDC status by 2026.”
Since 1975, the European Union (EU) has had a strong relationship with Nepal as a loyal partner and friend. This connection strives to collaborate in multiple international fora on topics of strategic importance and mutual interest, such as global peace and order, stability, sustainable development, climate change, and so on, in addition to providing financial support.
Through an open and competitive process, the EU provides financial assistance to Nepal through the government treasury, multilateral agencies, and civil society organizations operating in Nepal. All of the activities described for EU-Nepal collaboration correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals’ overall objective of “Leaving no one behind,” as well as Nepal’s domestic policy provisions and international commitments.
The EU is built on the principles of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, especially the rights of minorities, as well as peace and prosperity for its citizens. These principles are shared by all of the EU’s Member States in a society that values pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and gender equality. They are enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty’s core provisions.
As a result, the Union upholds the principles that guided its own creation, development, and enlargement, and promotes its values, such as democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and respect for human dignity, in its relations with the rest of the world. The EU also contributes to peace, security, environmental sustainability, human solidarity and mutual respect, free and fair commerce, poverty eradication, and the strict adherence and development of international law, including respect for the United Nations Charter and international law principles.
The EU abides by its international commitments, notably the Paris and Accra declarations, as well as the Busan platform of action in terms of aiding all developing countries, adhering to multilateralism’s values. The EU and Nepal share a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is based on the idea that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, regardless of race or ethnicity.
In Nepal, the European Union supports combatting discrimination, fostering participation in the development process, and ensuring that development benefits are shared fairly and sustainably by everyone. In doing so, the European Union has remained committed to working with its Nepalese partners and friends to implement the Nepalese Constitution, which expresses the country’s determination to build a multi-caste, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural society by eliminating discrimination based on class, caste, region, language, religion, and gender, as well as all forms of racial untouchability.
Under a rights-based approach, the EU has collaborated with the National Human Rights Commission and approximately 300 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to promote and safeguard women’s and children’s rights, as well as the rights of the elderly and marginalized communities.
Green Growth and Green Recovery, Human Capital Development, and Good Governance are three main areas where the EU has prioritized cooperation. Human rights observance and respect as a driver of peace, stability, and development is a common thread running through all of these interventions, as is their inclusivity.