Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commission in London highlighted Bangladesh’s recent development in various fields at 4th Bangladesh Development Fair held in East London on Sunday evening.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Md Nazmul Quaunine gave a brief account of Bangladesh's recent developments, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s special initiatives, vision-2021 and 2041, achievements in different sectors, MDGs successes and programmes to achieve the SDGs.
He mentioned all these achievements and developments had been possible due to effective policies, programmes and actions taken by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also mentioned that the Bangladesh community in the UK had also contributed to these development efforts of the country.
Commercial Counsellor of the Mission SM Jakaria Huq made a power point presentation at the event highlighting Bangladesh's recent successes, development trajectory, MDG achievements, opportunities and prospects of trade and investment, huge infrastructural developments, and efforts of the government to make a digital Bangladesh.
Some documentaries on Bangladesh were also shown in the event, said a press release on Monday.
Four stalls regarding books and documents exhibition and distribution on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his vision, great Liberation War, advancements of the country, MDG achievements, SDG programmes, mission's consular services, services of Bangladesh Biman and remittance sending services of BRAC Sajaan Exchange House were pitched at the event.
Services of the respective organisations were showcased and presented to the guests from the stalls.
A cultural programme was also held at the end to showcase the rich heritage of Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – A United Nations (UN) expert has said States must accelerate action to address climate change - from solar electricity to climate-friendly agriculture practices - or risk locking in decades of grave human rights violations.
In a statement following the release of a new scientific report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), David R. Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said climate change rated as one of the greatest threats to human rights.
The IPCC is an intergovernmental and scientific body mandated to provide objective, scientific assessments of climate change and its impacts.
The IPCC report released on Monday illustrated the pathways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures and the impacts of this magnitude of change.
“Climate change is having and will have devastating effects on a wide range of human rights including rights to life, health, food, housing, and water, as well as the right to a healthy environment,” he was quoted as saying in a statement UNB received from Geneva on Monday.
He said the world is already witnessing the impacts of climate change - from hurricanes in America, heat waves in Europe, droughts in Africa to floods in Asia.
Boyd said that for 25 years, scientists have issued increasingly clear warnings about the urgency of transforming economies and societies in cleaner, greener directions.
“There are scientific and feasible solutions to limit the damage,” he said. “States, particularly wealthy nations with high emissions, must act now to meet their human rights obligations and not only fulfill but go beyond their commitments under the Paris Agreement.”
The new report from the IPCC describes the challenges that humanity faces in the race to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change.
The IPCC report identifies plausible trajectories that would improve both human and ecosystem health. However, the IPCC warns that these positive outcomes will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
Keeping the temperature increase below 1.5 degrees requires urgent action to implement stronger policies and increase the level of ambition beyond commitments made under the 2015’s Paris Accord.
The difference between a 1.5 degree increase and a 2.0 degree increase is “dramatic” and the latter would likely inflict human rights violations upon millions of people.
It would increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events from heat waves to super storms, decrease water availability and agricultural production in vulnerable areas, and increase the risk of “Hothouse Earth.”
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – A group of people, using forged signatures of officials at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are sending letters to various banks and financial institutions apparently seeking financial support in the name of publishing various publications marking international days.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has recently detected such move by a section of unscrupulous people.
The Ministry on Monday urged all to remain all alert about such letters in a statement and urged all to contact with the Director General of External Publicity Wing ( 9562952) to verify any such letter.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to Singapore M Mustafizur Rahman has urged the expatriate community to work together to achieve the targets outlined in Vision 2021 and Vision 2041 and thus build ‘Sonar Bangla’.
He highlighted the visionary dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The High Commissioner was addressing a seminar as part of Bangladesh Development Fair 2018 in Singapore on Sunday.
A documentary on the development of Bangladesh was screened following the seminar, said the High Commission on Monday.
The fair aimed to portray the achievements and development projects of the government over the decade.
Citing statistics and data, the High Commissioner delineated the achievements of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the socio-economic development of the country.
He also highlighted the development projects undertaken by the government for the welfare of senior citizens, freedom fighters and underprivileged people in the rural areas.
The High Commissioner mentioned the attractive investment incentives offered by the Bangladesh to foreign investors.
A special feature of the fair was the cultural programme which was designed, directed and presented entirely by expatriate Bangladeshi workers in Singapore.
The cultural performance of Bangladeshi workers enthralled the audience which received high appreciations from the floor.
Singapore Bengali Literature, an organization of Bangladeshi workers in Singapore installed a book stall at the fair where renowned literature works of Bengali Language were displayed.
A large crowd of members of Bangladesh community and some foreign guests visited the fair.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Myanmar is yet to create conducive environment for safe and dignified return of Rohingyas forcibly displaced from its Rakhine State who took shelter in Bangladesh, a UN assessment indicates.
UNHCR and UNDP said they remain committed to the implementation of the MoU, and to supporting the government of Myanmar’s efforts to find comprehensive and durable solutions to the crisis in Rakhine State.
"The Myanmar government’s leadership in the implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees," said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic.
UNHCR and UNDP completed first assessments in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine, according UNHCR.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and UNDP, the UN development agency, carried out in September initial assessments in 23 villages and three village tracts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
It had been more than a year since UNHCR had been able to engage with affected communities in the northern areas of Rakhine State, following the flight of more than 720,000 Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017.
In the course of these initial assessments in Rakhine UNHCR and UNDP noted the efforts of authorities to facilitate these first steps, though they were limited in scope and in the locations visited.
"While they do not allow for broader conclusions, the field visits have given UNHCR and UNDP an initial understanding of the challenges facing those living there," said the Spokesperson on the assessment report on October 5.
"Our teams assessed immediate community needs and priorities for our short-term actions. The rapid assessments also help to identify community initiatives that could support Government’s efforts to improve the lives of all affected populations, build trust and promote social cohesion among all communities," Andrej Mahecic said.
Over the past weeks the teams observed the serious effects.
These include those on the local economy and diminishing livelihoods, significantly increasing the vulnerabilities of all communities remaining in Rakhine.
Communities also spoke of the cumulative effect of restrictions on movements, further shrinking their access to livelihood and basic services, according to the assessment report.
While some self-restrict their movement for real or perceived sense of insecurity or fear of neighboring communities, others – particularly the Muslim communities - are not allowed to move freely.
"Fear and mistrust, has an impact on access to education, health and other basic services. It also limits interactions between communities, hindering prospects for confidence-building and social cohesion," said UNHCR Spokesperson.
The communities the team members visited frequently spoke of challenges in getting to health services as well as restrictions on the Muslim population in accessing education.
Mistrust, fear of neighbouring communities and a sense of insecurity are prevalent in many areas.
Communities often live in isolation, lowering the prospects for contacts, mutual understanding and inter-communal cohesion.
This is notable for relations between the Muslim community and other communities.
Assessment teams also observed that some communities, particularly those living in close proximity to each other, have maintained or restarted interactions.
"Encouragingly, most of those we spoke to expressed hope for peace in Rakhine and a number of them indicated willingness to incrementally strengthen or restore relations," said Andrej Mahecic.
Building confidence and improving conditions among remaining communities will be essential to bring people together, to alleviate poverty, and to address health and education disparities alongside making tangible progress to address root causes, said the official.
All the communities visited welcomed the assessment teams and were eager to engage with them and to discuss their issues.
There were no signs of animosity.
As of Friday morning UNHCR and UNDP teams are starting a second phase of assessments in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung based on travel authorisations received in the past 24 hours.