KATHMANDU: Former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is leaving Kathmandu on Monday to take part in the XXIV Congress of the Socialist International in Cape Town, South Africa.
He will board a Qatar Airways flight at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 11 pm tomorrow to head to the capital of South Africa, the NC central office said on Sunday.
Deuba is the South Asia vice president of Socialist International.
The Social International’s Congress will kick off on August 30 and conclude on September 1.
Heads of government, leaders and delegates from the member parties of the SI alongside invited guests take part in the Congress that is held every four years.
This year’s Congress will be the first in the history of the SI to take place in Africa, hosted by the African National Congress (ANC).
The Congress takes place under the heading ‘For a new internationalism and a new culture of solidarity’ with its agenda focused on four key themes, which are central to the concerns of the global social democratic movement, building on our message to citizens across the globe, according to the SI.
The themes are as follows:
(1) For an economy with jobs, growth and social protection: the social democratic response to the financial crisis;
(2) The struggle for rights and freedoms: strengthening representative democracy and gaining new democracies in the world;
(3) For a common road to peace, sustainability and cooperation: the need to secure multilateralism;
(4) For a new internationalism and a new culture of solidarity among people and between nations.