Prof. Dr Surya P Subedi O.B.E
Trustee, Co- Chair
The Britain Nepal Medical Trust
I welcome the launching of a new web based hub, the Health Link, a worthwhile new initiative of British Ambassador to Nepal which is managed by the Britain-Nepal Medical Trust which I Co-Chair with Dr Gillian Holdsworth. It should serve as a valuable source of reference for those interested in gaining an understanding of how British governmental and non-governmental agencies are assisting Nepal in the health sector. It should enable various British and Nepalese agencies working in this sector to better network, share information and expertise and identify where the gaps are and how they could be filled. This hub should also be of interest to researchers and other individuals interested in approaching the various agencies profiled in this hub and getting involved in their activities. It is a pool of valuable resource. Many people had felt for a long time the need to have a central pool of information about the activities conducted by various British agencies in Nepal in the health sector and this hub nicely fills that gap. Therefore, I would like to thank and congratulate those involved in creating and launching the Health Link and wish this new venture every success.
Surya P. Subedi is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and is a practising Barrister in England. He holds an LLB from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, LLM with distinction from the University of Hull and a PhD in Law from the University of Oxford. He currently also serves as the UN human rights envoy to Cambodia and has been an advisor on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary since 2010. He has progressively been a Trustee, Deputy Chair and Co-Chair of Britain-Nepal Medical Trust since 2007. He has been the founder and Chairman for ten years between 2000 and 2010 of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council established in the UK in 2000. He is the founder and Chief Patron of the NRN-UK, an association of all people of Nepalese origin residing in the UK. He was made an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM the Queen of the UK for his services to international law and to Britain-Nepal relations in 2004. He also was appointed by HM the Queen as the Crown representative on the Governing Body of SOAS, University of London, and served in this capacity between 2007-2012. He has published extensively in international law and international relations as well as in Nepalese law. His publications have covered Indo-Nepal as well as Britain-Nepal relations.