On the 25th September 2018, the Asian Society hosted an event in New York as a concurrence to the 73rd session of the United Nations general assembly. The event was titled “Peace, Development and Democracy: Nepal’s Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli” and was organized to address and discuss issues that touch upon Nepal’s transition to democracy and more.
The Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli opened the event by thanking the Asian Society for hosting the event and then moved forward to share his thoughts on peace, democracy and development. He followed by giving an overview of the struggles and transformations of the Nepali people and his dissatisfaction with the current state of his people. According to the event invite:
Oli was, “sharing his insights on the country’s uniquely successful, homegrown peace process; transition to democracy; foreign policy priorities; and fulfilling people’s aspirations for a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Nepal. As the head of the first majority government in almost two decades, Nepalis are pinning their hopes on Prime Minister Oli and the newly formed government’s ability to deliver prosperity, political stability, and development.
The other speaker at the event was Kevin Rudd. Rudd is himself the former Prime Minister of Australia and added an interesting perspective. The Asian Society is an international fair-minded, non-profit and educational organization aimed at nurturing, mutual understanding and bracing relationships between Asian platforms, people, leaders, and the U.S. in a wider scope. The event lasted about an hour and twelve minutes. Take a look: