Lighting Ceremony Marking the UN Meet. Image Credit: Naresh Krishna Shrestha

Lighting Ceremony Marking the UN Meet

The Ministry of Health and Population and World Health Organization (WHO) Nepal organized the lighting ceremony of two important United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage landmarks of Nepal – Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square yesterday (26th September 2018). The United Nations High-Level Meeting about eradicating Tuberculosis was held in New York yesterday.

“The campaign marks the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis yesterday in New York, which will set a pathway for an accelerated and coordinated response to save millions of lives and prevent TB-a commitment towards a world free of the disease by 2030” stated WHO.

The ‘Light up the world in RED to End TB’ ceremony was inaugurated by dignitaries from MoHP and WHO, Nepal. The dignitaries inaugurated the lighting ceremony at Patan Durbar Square first and then proceeded towards Kathmandu Durbar Square.

With this historical event for a huge global motion for ending Tuberculosis in the world, the two important UNESCO heritage landmarks of Nepal will also join the global cities that will participate in the campaign.

Dignitaries from MoHP, Tuberculosis survivors, affected communities, technical partners, researchers, private sector representatives, and other key stakeholders are attending the New York meeting to put Tuberculosis in the limelight.

This is the very first-time Tuberculosis has been addressed in the UN General Assembly, with the theme ‘United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic’, strengthening the global momentum to end TB.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the campaign is going to be the biggest opportunity to raise the significant political priority for TB which will lead to a political declaration recognized by the head of states.


Reference: The Himalayan Times