UN regional center for peace, disarmament in Asia-Pacific headquarters resumes operations in Nepal


foto-unKATHMANDU, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The headquarters of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament (UNRCPD) in Asia and Pacific resumed its operations in Kathmandu on Monday.

Nepalese Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat and United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs KIM Won-soo jointly unveiled the plaque commemorating the resumption of operations of the UNRCPD Asia and Pacific headquarters amid a function held at the UN House based in the Nepalese Capital.

The office of the UNRCPD Asia and Pacific, which was temporarily relocated in the Thai Capital Bangkok following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, initially started in 2008 in the Himalayan nation to promote discussion and dialogue on disarmament agenda in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Addressing the function, the Nepalese Foreign Minister said that the UNRCPD Asia and the Pacific will be able to further strengthen the regional dialogue on confidence-building peace and security issues in the Asian region.

“With the UNRCPD’s resumption in Kathmandu, I am confident the center would be able to carry on its mandate of promoting dialogues and discussions on issues of disarmament and continue to be useful to our common aspiration of establishing safer and secure world,” he added.

Kim said that the center will work to implement regional activities to support its member states on disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation as per the practical needs of the member states.