INTRODUCING GLOBAL POLICY FORUM FOR NEPAL

Kathmandu, 26 November 2015: What is the Global Policy Forum for Nepal?

Acknowledging the need for a global policy forum in the style of an international academy focussed on the study of different facets of Nepal; being desirous of assisting in the formulation and implementation of sound, objective, and independent policies by decision and policy makers in Nepal; and recognising the need to bring together under one institution both Nepalese and Non-Nepalese experts on Nepal working both within and outside of Nepal, including South Asia, a group of academics and researchers of Nepalese origin working in different disciplines at various universities and research institutions around the globe decided to establish on 7 October 2015 in London the Global Policy Forum for Nepal under the chairmanship of Professor and Barrister Surya P. Subedi, O.B.E.

The Forum has an Executive Committee and has a provision in its Constitution for election of up to 30 Senior Fellows and 30 Fellows as the main constituent body of the Forum. The intention is to elect leading Nepalese and non-Nepalese academics, professionals, and other intellectuals from different walks of life to the Forum either as a Senior Fellow or a Fellow. The Forum also intends to appoint persons of distinction or high standing in society and philanthropists as Senior Advisors, Directors, expert panel members or members of thematic commissions or expert committees as per its Constitution adopted on 9 November 2015.

The Forum intends to hold an international conference once in every two years in Nepal focussing on a current theme or themes of national importance. The first conference is being held in Kathmandu on 2 December 2015 focussing on the trade and transit rights of Nepal under international law against the backdrop of the economic blockade and on the need for de-politicisation of the management and administration of higher education in Nepal to improve the quality of education in order to produce competent human resource needed for the economic, social and political development of Nepal in an inclusive and equitable manner that is ready to benefit from and meet the challenges brought about by globalisation.

What are the main objectives of the Forum?

The main objective of the Forum is to serve the people of Nepal in an independent, objective, impartial and non-partisan manner by investing intellectual resource, technology, and knowhow needed in the formulation and implementation of sound policies in the longer term best interests of the country in order to develop it as a self-dependent and prosperous nation with a cohesive, tolerant, and inclusive society guided by the values of democracy, rule of law, human rights, non-discrimination, and plurality.

How does the Forum aim to achieve its objectives?

The Forum aims to achieve its objectives by (a) establishing expert panels, advisory groups and committees or commissions on thematic issues to study major issues and challenges facing Nepal; (b) providing an intellectual platform for discussion and exchange of ideas between national and international institutions, between such institutions and the government as well between the government and the public through seminars, conferences, symposia, colloquiums and workshops; (c) assisting the government, parliament, the judiciary, universities and other statutory bodies in Nepal in policy making in various areas of human activity and in the implementation of sound policies; (d) working with Nepalese and non-Nepalese experts and their respective organizations in areas of mutual interests; (e) acting as an independent and non-partisan provider of free or commissioned research and recommendations on all topics relating to Nepal and its citizens and (f) assisting in the protection of Nepal’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, nationhood and national interest by assessing international treaties, agreements and conventions and assisting the country to get them properly implemented when and where international legal instruments are violated by other States.

Who are the Founding Members of the Forum?

The following are the Founding and Executive Committee Members of the Forum:

  1. Professor Upendra Dev Acharya -USA
  2. Professor Dr Kumud Dhital – Australia
  3. Professor Shiva Gautam – USA
  4. Professor Katak Malla – Sweden
  5. Dr Hom Moorti Pant – Australia
  6. Professor Mallika Shakya – India
  7. Professor Padam Simkhada – UK
  8. Professor Bishal Sitaula – Norway
  9. Professor Surya P. Subedi – UK (Chairman)