India and Nepal
Meeting No: 158 188 1705
Nepal is situated in a geostrategic location between two big and powerful states India and China. India and Nepal have a permanent friendship for over seventy years. Post globalisation the partnership has strengthened with various joint development projects which have been beneficial for both the countries.
Nepal’s relationship with India is embedded in deep historical, geographical, cultural, socioeconomic and people-to-people links. Along with the need of improvement of these relationships amongst the people there is also a need to mobilise the ease of doing business for the mutual well-being of Nepal and India.
In this presentation the speaker will focus will critically examine the current geo-political situation of Nepal. Apart from this, he will also reflect upon the bilateral relations between India and Nepal.
About the Speaker
Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982 and has served as Ambassador of India to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and Nepal. Earlier he had served as Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN during the time that India was on the Security Council. He retired on 31 December 2019 in the rank of Secretary, Government of India.
Ambassador Puri has also headed the division in the Ministry of External Affairs dealing with UN issues on the social and economic side and been involved as a lead member of the Indian delegation at numerous global negotiations on climate change, sustainable development, migration, human rights and UN reforms. In addition, he has served twice in Germany (in Bonn and Berlin), in Cape Town, Muscat, Bangkok and Caracas.
Major areas of his experience relate to multilateralism (UN), Europe and Nepal. His professional focus has been on issues relating to the environment, climate change and sustainable development. He was a lead negotiator for India at the UN on issues relating to the post 2015 development agenda, Sustainable Development Goals and at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. He was a key member of India's delegation at various Climate Change negotiations, including the Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in December 2009 and before that at Montreal, Bali, Bonn and Poznan. Furthermore, he was involved with India's participation in the G8-G5 Summits from 2005 and was the point-person for the Major Economies Forum.
Ambassador Puri has a Master’s degree in Management and did his BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. He is presently Distinguished Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Ananta Centre.