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Aug 06, 2013
Speech by Hon. Sujata Koirala, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Member of Central Working Committee of the Nepali Congress Party and Chief of the International Relations Department, at the 3rd Forum of Ecological Safety, Human Development and Health on the 'Governance by Non-interference and Peaceful Development' on July 29, 2013 at Heming Mountain, Chengdu, China.

Speech by Hon. Sujata Koirala, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Member of Central Working Committee of the  Nepali Congress Party and Chief of the International Relations Department, at the 3rd Forum of Ecological Safety, Human Development and Health on the 'Governance by Non-interference and  Peaceful  Development' on July 29, 2013 at Heming Mountain, Chengdu, China.  
 
 
Mr. President,
Distinguished participants,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I feel it a privilege to be invited to the '3rd Forum of Ecological Safety, Human Development and Health' and share my thoughts on the 'Governance by Non-interference and Peaceful Development' in this beautiful city of Chengdu of the People's Republic of China.  The hosting of this important forum by International Ecological Safety Collaboration Organization (IESCO) Secretariat in Beijing, China Foundation for Peace and Development and China Foundation for International Studies is commendable. I thank them for their kind invitation to me to be a part of this important Forum. 
 
I bring with me cordial greetings from our sisters and brothers of Nepal, and my party-Nepali Congress, to the fellow delegates and their best wishes for the success of this Forum. 
 
The global economic and political scenarios are changing. The present international situation has been turbulent and disturbing. The world has become a global village and it is increasingly becoming interconnected and interdependent. This has made every person in every station matter for peace and development through the pursuance of communication and dialogues, pragmatic policies and cooperation. There has been proliferation of social media, which has come to be at the driving seat of change in various parts of the world. Change has been constant, both at the domestic and external front. This calls for a transformational leadership to make proper adjustment and management. 
 
Strengthening governance is crucial to realize the aspirations of 'equality and mutual benefit, stress on practical results, diversity in form and common progress.'  It has been an established fact that economic success depends in considerable measure on the quality of governance in any country. Good governance requires the rule of law, effective state institutions, transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs. Participatory and consultative process with all stakeholders introduces the active components of inclusionary governance and help move towards a just and equitable society. 
 
Today's problems are global, and global problems require global solutions. The pressing issues of the day are massive poverty, environmental degradation along with social and political instability. Transnational terrorism has compounded the challenges of the day making them more complex and more complicated. Climate change is the most perplexing issue of our time. Manifested in forms of offshore pollutions, water shortage, wetland degradation, desertification, mass extinction of species, floods, catastrophic mudslides, droughts, epidemic of infectious diseases, climate change stares at us every day posing threats to human survival. The struggle for energy, food and water is a source of tensions between the world powers. Taken together these challenges are posing a threat to the stability of societies and governments around the world. 
 
Mr. Chairperson,
Governance is related to addressing these challenges. They require governance that is based on consultation, listening and openness to participation.  While doing so, it is necessary to maintain respect for the principle of non-interference in the affairs of the state. Non-interference is derived from the traditional concept of equality of sovereignty and sovereignty of state. We are encouraged to see China's consistent adherence to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China has carried out economic, trade and cultural exchanges with an overwhelming majority of countries in the world, with strict adherence to the principle of internationalism. This has contributed to the safeguarding of national independence, promote world peace, accelerate economic development and promote human progress. 
 
We welcome China's commitment to the strengthening of friendship and unity with the people of the world and working continuously to build a strong and prosperous China. We welcome its policy of strengthening its solidarity and cooperation with developing and least developed countries.  
 
We are firmly committed to the purposes and principles set forth in the United Nations Charter. We work closely with countries like China to further the cause of world peace and development at domestic, regional and international forums.  Terrorism is a grave threat to humanity in all its forms and manifestations. We need to work to root out the economic and social causes of terrorism. 
 
People to people contacts are emerging as high points in state-to-state relations. These contacts at the people level enrich cooperation between countries in the economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields and in matters relating to the press, public health and sports. Governments and peoples together can continue to work hard on both fronts, domestic and international to make greater contributions to world peace and human progress. 
 
It is a matter of great satisfaction that China's White Paper on Peaceful Development 2011 has broken away from the traditional pattern where a rising power was bound to seek hegemony.  The White Paper seeks China to run itself well as the most important fulfilment of its international responsibility. It seeks to match responsibility with rights in accordance with their national strength. Peaceful development has acted as China's soft power. China has used peaceful development as its cornerstone to the making of 'harmonious world', even though it suffered century of shame and humiliation. China's commitment to effective multilateralism with a strong role of the UN, development of a collective security mechanism, prosperity for all through mutually beneficial cooperation and tolerance and for enhancement of dialogue among diverse civilizations is well appreciated.  
 
We are happy to note that peace and development has been the consistent theme of China's transformation that started in 1979, and China has emerged as number two economy, and largest trading country through peaceful development and building peace externally to develop internally.  
 
Power shift has moved to Asia based on the growth of China. This has brought fundamental changes in the distribution of power that has reshaped international life in arena of politics, economics and culture. We welcome China's commitment to observe the principles of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect for preserving territorial integrity and sovereignty. We look forward to working together with China within this framework. 
Thank you. 
 
 
 
Closing Remarks by Mrs. Sujata Koirala
 
Mr. Chairman,
Excellencies,
Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen, 
 
Let me at the outset congratulate the organizers of this conference, namely the Beijing Secretariat of International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization, China Foundation for International Studies and China World Fellowship of Taoism for choosing such a critical topic such as   “Ecological Safety, Human Development and Health” and for bringing together people who want to help in bringing the ecological attention worldwide. I thank you for inviting me, specially our distinguished Prof Dr Jiang Mingjung to participate in this important conference and meet such distinguished delegates from China and different parts of the world.
 
 
It was a great opportunity for me and my fellow delegates to learn about the Taoism in this ancient beautiful area of Mount Heming, where the birth of Taoism took place. 
I also like to applaud the great effort put by Mr Xue Yongxin, president of the Chendu- based Enwei Group for his lifelong dream to restore the glory of Taoism on Heming Mountain. Mr Xue, himself a great believer of Taoism, who has been successful in developing the Heming Mountain area into tourist paradise and also in development of products made of Chinese medicine. 
I am also delighted to learn about Taoism which is also about peace and nature. As you know Lord Budha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and his teaching is also based on Peace.
Just last month we in South Asia ( Nepal and India) suffered from heavy rainfall and landslides. Villages and small towns were all wipeout which we had never experienced before. Many people died and many lost their homes and lives.
This conference has been very successful and hopes it will bring a positive result for the future generation.
Last but not the least, I would also like to thank the co-organizers, China Foundation for Peace and Development and China National Cultural Exchange Committee, our host Mr Xue Yongxin, Chairman, Enwei Group, and once again thanks to our dear friend Prof Dr Jiang Mingjung.
 
Let me propose a toast to all the participants, delegates and the organizers for making this event very successful and memorable.
 
Thank you again.
 
 
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