Karnali Summit on “Rights to Inclusive Development: Fostering Prosperity and Social Justice”

Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC) Nepal together with Nepal
Human Right Commission (NHRC) regional chapter Nepalgunj and Nepalese Civil Society Mountain
Initiatives (NCSMI) organized Karnali Summit on “Rights to Inclusive Development: Fostering
Prosperity and Social Justice” on 28 th April, 2018 at Birendarnagar, Surkhet. The one day summit
drafted Karnali Declaration centering overall progress of Karnali Province by eliminating all sorts of
discriminations and deprivations prioritizing social justice and inclusive development led by Local,
Provincial and Federal Governments. Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnali
Province was the chief guest and Province Ministers, Parliamentarians, Local Representatives;
experts were the guests in the program. Similarly, representatives from the concerned stakeholders
were also present in the program. The program was chaired by Mr. Bhairab Bahadur Mahat. Vice
President, KIRDARC Nepal.
Mahendra Bahdur Shahi, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnali Province inaugurated the summit. He
emphasized on existing disparities in the province as the province has been ignored in the
mainstream development of the country since long. He further added for effective utilization of the
natural resources and urged all stakeholders, government, civil societies and private sector for
commitment and dedication for prosperous province. He informed that Province Government will
support to I/NGOs that are effectively contributing in in the Province will be able to implement
their programs/projects but with the effective monitoring and supervision of the Province
Government will be ensured. Similarly, he expected upcoming long term plans and their execution
modalities for the province in education, health and other infrastructures from private and non-
government organization sectors will be supported by the province government.
In the program, Mr. Gauri Pradhan, Former Commissioner and Spokesperson of the National
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) delivered the key note speech in the Summit. He presented
overall socio-cultural, economic status including human rights and social justice scenario with
regard to access, quality, and sustainability of basic necessities. He asserted strengthening local
government with effective coordination from the province and federal governments for bringing
inclusive development in the province. He presented visionary approach that could be assimilated
by the province covering all sectors. Similarly, Murari Prasad Kharel, Regional Coordinator, NHRC
Nepalgunj shared that status of human rights in the province concerning with principles of human
rights which include social security, insurance, self-esteem, health, education, equality and non-
discrimination, participation and inclusion, accountability and rule of law. Leader of the opposition
of Karnali Province Parliament, Jivan Bahadur Shahi asserted that Karnali does not prosper only
allocating budget rather best vision is required at first; in which, principles of 5 “Ba” forest (Ban),
road (Bato), market (Bajar), electricity (Bidhut) and thoughts (Bichar) have to prioritized.

Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning, Prakash Jwala; Minister of Physical Infrastructure and
Development, Khadka Bahadur Khatril; Lily Thapa, Social Activist also spoke in the program
concerning inclusive development and social justice as the basics for prosperity in the province.
Associate Prof. Liladhar Tiwari, Mid-Western University, Surkhet presented glimpses of
Multidimensional Poverty Index of Nepal, 2018 report emphasizing Karnali Province depicting
grime status in all three dimensions: education, health, living standards. And, situation of human
rights, social justice and inclusive development is also not satisfactory in the province indicating lot
has to be done for materializing inclusive development in the province.
The Karnali Summit Declaration, 2018 include commitment on planning preparation, execution
along with monitoring and evaluation for brining inclusive development, social justice through
effective utilization of natural resources (medicinal herbs, hydro-electricity, tourism) so that
Karnali Province could head towards prosperity; Federal, Provincial, Local Governments, experts,
developmental organizations and other concerned stakeholders assimilating democratic principle,
good governance, rule of law, assurance of human rights and accountability for the inclusive
development and social justice in the province; following inclusive and social justice principles in
preparing planning and implementing; respecting labour by eliminating all sorts of deprivation and
social mal-practices; being constantly active to tackle climate change adverse effects and
materialize ways of adaptation in development process and its achievements; Similarly, the
declaration also called for the concerned stakeholders for contributing collaboratively for achieving
social justice and inclusive development.
The program concluded to work consolidative way for ensuring rights to inclusive development for
fostering prosperity and social justice by implementing the drafted declaration from the concerned
stakeholders.

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