Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday urged states to step up their support in 2019 in order to fund what she described as the most ambitious programme of work ever drawn by her office.
Presenting an appeal for US$ 321.5 million, the UN Human Rights chief stressed that sustainable peace, security and development will only be achieved in an “era of great turbulence” if states invest in human rights.
She, according to a statement received from Geneva, described her office as “a vital tool for greater prevention, and better protection, around the world.”
“Human rights are your tools,” Bachelet told a gathering of delegates in Geneva, “— the best and most effective investment in a sound and safe future for your people.”
“Human rights work is prevention work,” she pointed out.
The UN Human Rights chief said it prevents grievances, conflicts, inequalities, and suffering and discrimination of all kinds.
"By assisting all states in upholding civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development, we bring solutions to the many challenges you face – from climate change to infectious disease; artificial intelligence and the future of industries; urbanism, and the rights of peasants and people in rural areas,” she said.
The UN Human Rights Office’s 2019 programme of work would focus on pushing forward in key areas, and across all regions, she said, with the aim of strengthening rule of law and accountability; protecting and expanding civic space; countering discrimination of all kinds; integrating human rights more strongly in development policies and programmes; and supporting early warning and protecting rights in situations of conflict and insecurity.
“In addition,” Bachelet said, “we will upgrade our work on key emerging issues such as: inequality; climate change; human rights in the digital landscape; corruption; and migration. And I also want to emphasise the increasing coordination and focus of our work on women, young people, and people with disabilities, as part of our efforts to assist States to implement the 2030 Agenda and fulfil their commitment to leave no-one behind.”
The UN Human Rights Office currently has some 1,300 staff in 72 presences worldwide, including its Geneva headquarters.
In 2018, the year of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its revenue was US$ 185.6 million – an increase of 28 percent over the previous year, but well short of the appeal figure of US$ 278 million.
Bachelet thanked the 83 donors, including 61 states, who made financial contributions during 2018, but pointed out that although a record amount, it fell short of the total needed to respond to all requests – and two-thirds of it was earmarked for specific projects and activities, which left her Office with little flexibility to adapt to unexpected situations or needs.
“So although we are deeply grateful for the increased resources,” she said, “I appeal to you to provide unearmarked funds, so that the resources can be allocated to areas where they are most urgently required.”
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - Foreign Minister of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz has congratulated Dr AK Abdul Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh.
In his message, the Polish Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction with the traditionally friendly relations between Bangladesh and Poland, said the Foreign Ministry here on Wednesday.
He hoped that the existing political dialogue would manifest into widening cooperation in sectors such as defence, energy, green technologies and agriculture.
The Polish Minister also hoped for further development of contacts between the two countries in the fora of international organisations.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - Outgoing Nepalese ambassador Professor Dr. Chop Lal Bhusal paid a farewell visit to President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Wednesday.
President Hamid thanked the envoy for successful completion of his tenure in Bangladesh.
The President recalled the support extended by Nepal to Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.
The President also hoped that the existing relationship between the two countries will be strengthened in the coming days.
He also emphasised bilateral visits at government and non-government level to strengthen the relationship.
Expressing his gratitude to Bangladesh for the support during his tenure in Bangladesh, the envoy said, "Many of our students are interested to study in Bangladesh. Especially, the students are interested in medical education."
Chop Lal also requested the President to take the necessary steps for easing the visa processing for Nepalese students and businessmen.
Secretaries to Bangabhaban were also present during the meeting.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki has congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her re-appointment as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
In his message, the Polish Prime Minister also said the friendly Polish-Bangladeshi relations would continue to develop dynamically and would translate into intensification of mutual political and economic cooperation, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Wednesday.
Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Lee Mi-kyung arrives here on January 20 on a four-day visit to discuss development cooperation between Bangladesh and South Korea through KOICA and visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
She will lead a six-member high-level delegation, said an official on Wednesday.
It will be the first-ever visit of KOICA’s President in Bangladesh after starting its programme here since 1993.
During her visit, she is scheduled to have a meeting with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral development cooperation.
The KOICA President will also observe the KOICA’s development programme in Bangladesh and visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to see the current situation.
She will also attend a programme through which gas cooker donation will be handed over to Rohingya refugees.
The delegation members are Chingsung Chung, Professor, Seoul National University, Korea, Byung-gwan Kim, Director General, Multilateral Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Department, Donghyun Lee, Director General, Office of the President Sang Jin Park, Director General, Public Relations and Communications Department, Dong sung Seo, Director, Multilateral Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance Department and Daseul Park of Public Relations and Communications Department.