28.10.2010 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Nepal PM highlights importance of UNESCO’s Lumbini preservation project on UN Day

©UNESCO/Neerana ShakyaPM Nepal, Robert Piper and Axel Plathe at the UNESCO stall on the UN Day

Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has praised UNESCO’s efforts to preserve the Lumbini World Heritage Site. He also requested more assistance to maintain the site of the birthplace of Lord Buddha, a leading global centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

Speaking with UNESCO Representative to Nepal Axel Plathe at the UNESCO stall on the UN Day celebrations on 22 October at the UN House in Kathmandu, the PM said UNESCO’s work in Lumbini was crucially important in preserving Nepal’s national heritage and developing tourism. 

Lumbini was placed on the World Heritage List in 1997. UNESCO recently launched a project to conserve the holy site, including strengthening management practices. UNESCO regards the project as a major step in the government’s efforts to protect Lumbini and enhance its sustainable development. 

Presenting the activities of the UN Country Team to Nepal’s development, Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, highlighted UNESCO's contribution to enhancing literacy in mother tongue languages in Nepal. 

UNESCO considers the ability to read and write in one’s own mother tongue to be an essential tool for economic, social and political empowerment. Confronting illiteracy in Nepalese is vital to achieving the goals of Nepal's National Literacy Campaign and accelerating progress in making Education for All a reality by 2015. 

UN Day has been celebrated annually since 1948 to recognise the UN Charter which came into force on October 24, 1945 and marked the official founding of the United Nations. In Nepal, the yearly celebration provides an opportunity to spread awareness about UNESCO’s programmes in the country to the wider UN family and associated friends.

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