KATHMANDU: To attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) slated for June 20-22, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is leaving for Rio de Janeiro as the head of a 21-member delegation today.
Bhattarai is flying to chief Brazilian port despite advice from diplomatic and political circles that the head of a caretaker government cannot truly represent the country reeling under political uncertainty.
On his part, PM Bhattarai defended his trip claiming that his participation at the international forum is indispensable.
He said his participation in the conference should not be criticised knowingly or unknowingly, and expressed hope that the conference will provide the country an opportunity to share experiences on sustainable development practices and learn from international practices.
Bhattarai further said that the conference offers an opportunity to highlight the problems facing Nepal and other environmentally vulnerable Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Altogether 150 heads of government are attending the conference, which marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992.
The Nepali delegation will reach reach the Brazilian city on Tuesday.