Press Release

The 5th review meeting of the SAARC Gender Info Base, a joint initiative between the SAARC and UN WOMEN, was held at SAARC Secretariat on the 7th and 8th of June, 2011. The meeting was inaugurated by the Director of Social Affairs Mr. Ibrahim Zuhuree and chaired by the Maldivian Deputy Minister of Health, Ms. Fathmath Afiya.

During the meeting, the SAARC Gender Equality and Empowerment Programme was proposed with SGIB as the central component. The main objective of the proposal is to reprogram the approach in order to address the realization of the other objectives which are in line with the overall MoU of SAARC & UN Women. While SGIB has 5 major objectives, the current project approach is limited by the predisposition to just one objective that deals with the development of a regional resource database by collecting, processing and analyzing gender related information in the region. After comprehensive deliberations on the proposal, the meeting recommended that SAARC Secretariat may submit a detailed proposal to the Technical Committee on Women, Youth and Children for its consideration. Furthermore, the Meeting also discussed the importance of uploading and updating data on the website as frequently as possible so that it could become a major source of information on women empowerment in the region and a hub for new regional initiatives, research and projects.

The meeting was attended by the country focal points from the Member States and senior officials from UN WOMEN.

The Meeting welcomed the offer of Sri Lanka to host the Sixth Review Meeting of SAARC Gender Info Base in 2012. The Meeting also welcomed the offer of Maldives to host the Fourth Meeting of the Focal Points during December 2011.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, His Excellency Mr.Upendra Yadav and the Secretary General of SAARC, Her Excellency Uz.Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed today signed two Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Nepal and the SAARC Secretariat for the SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre and the SAARC Information Centre.  The signing ceremony was attended by the Foreign Secretary and other senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.  During the signing ceremony Directors of both the Regional Centres and the concerned Directors from the SAARC Secretariat were also present.

The Heads of State or Government during Male Summit held in November 1990 decided to establish the SAARC Tuberculosis Centre and was renamed as SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre in November 2007.  The SAARC Information Centre was established in 2005.  The Agreements will provide an overall framework for the smooth functioning and operation of the Centres as the “Centres of Excellence” in their field of activities and for regulating the relations between the Centres and the Government of Nepal.

His Excellency Hon. Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan, in his capacity as SAARC Chair, is visiting Nepal from April 14 to 16, 2011.  On arrival at Tribhvan International Airport on 14th April, Prime Minister Thinley will be received by the Prime Minister of Nepal Rt. Hon’ble Jhala Nath Khanal, apart from Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, SAARC Ambassadors and Officer in charge of the SAARC Secretariat.

During his visit to Nepal, Prime Minister Thinley is scheduled to meet the President, Prime Minister and other dignitaries of Nepal.  He is expected to discuss various issues relating to cooperation under SAARC.