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Statement on behalf of the International Development Partner Group in Nepal

25.09.2015  05:32
“The International Development Partner Group in Nepal has been very active in supporting the response to the tragic earthquakes that affected vast swathes of the country. This included participation in the comprehensive Post Disaster Needs Assessment and the successful Reconstruction Conference held in June.

Some three months after the conference, and five months since the first earthquake shattered lives and livelihoods of millions of Nepali people, legislation for the Nepal Authority for Reconstruction (NAR) is not yet in place and the appointment of a CEO needs to be reconfirmed.
We call upon the government and the parliament to finalize, as a matter of urgency, the appropriate legislation and take the necessary steps and decisions as soon as possible to establish the NAR. The NAR is crucial to effectively oversee the huge reconstruction tasks.  Needs to the tune of US$ 6.7 billion according to the PDNA will have to be addressed with special focus and attention for timely delivery of quality support to the affected people, notably the most vulnerable, and  by applying the “build back better” principle to foster resilience.

It is a collective wish of the International Development Partners that the substantial goodwill provided to Nepal will be rapidly translated into the quickest and soundest reconstruction modality. We stand ready to discuss how we can best jointly support the national efforts and establish an effective mechanism for dialogue and coordination through the International Development Partners Group”.