Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - The US Embassy in Dhaka including its consular section will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Victory Day, a national holiday in Bangladesh.
The American Center, Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Centre will also remain closed on the occasion.
However, the emergency services for American citizens will be available, said a press release
For any emergency, anyone can call to 5566-2000 and ask for the duty officer, it added.
Dhaka, Dec 13 (UNB) - Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh’s flagship resolution on the ‘Culture of Peace’.
Chargé d' Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated the proposal on Wednesday.
“Over the years Bangladesh remained committed to the values and principles enshrined in the UN Charter and worked alongside the international community in promoting and protecting peace. Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina remains committed to the issue, and underscores the importance of a ‘whole-of-society’ approach in our national context for promoting a culture of peace," he said.
Tareq also said they will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace on September 13, 2019.
"To this end, the draft Resolution requests the President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly to give special attention to its appropriate and befitting observance by holding the High-Level Forum on that date next year, which will be an opportunity for renewing our shared commitment to further strengthen the global movement for the culture of peace”, he said.
The DPR also mentioned culture of peace is an aspiration of all humankind. "Promoting and inculcating a mindset of a culture of peace is at the core of the creative management of differences and divisions”.
The concept of ‘Culture of Peace’ as a General Assembly (GA) agenda was first mooted by Bangladesh in 1999.
The whole world celebrated “Decade of Culture of Peace” following adoption of a resolution at the GA.
The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN had been taking this follow-up resolution to the General Assembly every year since 2000, and each year it got adopted unanimously, said the Bangladesh Mission.
The main theme of this resolution is -if intolerance and hatred could be abolished from the society, the world would see lasting peace.
This year the resolution recognized the contribution of a culture of peace towards combating terrorism as well as peace building and sustaining peace; it also attached special importance to the role of the children and youth by engaging them more in promoting a culture of peace in the society inculcating values such as peace, tolerance, openness, inclusion and mutual respect.
Everyone has pledged to work together to implement this important resolution.
This year 101 countries from all the region of the world co-sponsored this resolution.
Despite various tensions across the globe, the continued huge support to this year’s resolution comes as a testimony to the confidence of international community on Bangladesh.
It also endorses the importance of ‘Culture of Peace’ in involving all people in global development efforts.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has urged the UN member States to comply with their obligations for search and rescue at sea, and work towards addressing the push and pull factors for such irregular movements.
“We remain particularly concerned over large movements of refugees and migrants at sea, mostly in perilous situations,” said Chargé d’affaires at Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam.
He said this while delivering Bangladesh statement under the plenary agenda ‘Oceans and Law of the Sea’ of the 73rd UN General Assembly at General Assembly Hall in New York on Tuesday.
In the renewed aftermath of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis from Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August last year, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN said they draw attention to all concerned regional countries to the need for strengthening surveillance and interception along the coastal areas.
“We take full note of the Secretary-General’s observation made on this under chapter - migration by sea’ in his report on ‘oceans and law of the sea,” Tareq said.
He said healthy oceans are critical for sustaining life, eliminating poverty and promoting prosperity on this planet.
“With the pacific settlement of maritime border issues with neighboring states Myanmar and India in 2014, the government of Bangladesh embarked on unlocking the potentials from better access to sea and ocean resources,” Tareq said.
He said the blue economy is now considered as a new 'development space' in Bangladesh.
Shipping, sea ports, shipbuilding and recycling, marine fisheries, sea salt, coastal tourism, ocean energy, land reclamation, maritime safety and surveillance, human resources development and governance have been identified as key priority issues for the development of blue economy.
“These issues have been addressed in our recently under taken ‘Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100’ under the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Tareq said capacity building and transfer of marine technology are of utmost importance for the developing states, particularly in LDCs.
“Among other issues, we draw the attention of our development partners to the suitable utilisation of the UN Technology Bank for LDCs for this purpose,” he said.
He reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to UNCLOS as the constitution of the oceans, establishing the overarching legal framework within which all activities in oceans and seas must be carried out. “We urge all the remaining States to join the convention for attaining its universality.”
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - China has opened its doors for Bangladeshi citizens to get affordable and quality medical treatment in an effort to further boost people-to-people contacts between Bangladesh and China.
Chinese Embassy in Dhaka will offer medical visa for Bangladeshi citizens to avail "high quality and reliable treatment" in China.
These were revealed at a function in the city on Wednesday evening.
Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo attended the function as the chief guest.
Chinese Embassy in Dhaka hosted the event at a city hotel marking the formal inauguration of medical treatment in China.
Ambassador Zou said China has come forward with the idea of medical tourism as China offers quality and low-cost advanced treatment.
"We want to boost people-to-people contact between Bangladesh and China under the Road and Belt Initiative," he said.
The Ambassador said this medical tourism will help strengthen relations between the two countries.
He handed over formal invitation to 20 preselected patients to get treatment fully funded by the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.
Irving Group, a leading business group in Bangladesh is facilitating treatment of 20 preselected patients in a hospital in Kunming.
Officials of the Irving Group, also local partner of China National Tourism Office (CNTO) said they always focused on further improving bilateral relations between Bangladesh and China.
The speakers at the function said it is another articulation of the close and friendly relationship between Bangladesh and China.
Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) - Carers Worldwide, a charity based in Welwyn Garden City, has been awarded £50,000 by the UK Government to support their new project in Bangladesh.
This project aims to change the lives of 500 carers and their family members by providing funding to help them.
Carers Worldwide was founded by married couple, Ruth and Anil Patil, in 2012 to fuel their passion to transform the lives of unpaid family carers in low and middle-income countries where there is little or no support for them, said the British High Commission in Dhaka on Wednesday.
They were inspired by their own experiences from working in the health and social care sector in India, where they came into contact with lots of carers, whom they were unable to support.
They were also motivated by their youngest daughter who has Down Syndrome. Their own experience of caring for their daughter made them consider what it must be like to care for a child with a disability without any support.
Working from their home in Welwyn Garden City, they have already helped 35,000 carers and their families deal with illness, disability and mental health challenges across India and Nepal. This grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund is now enabling them to expand their work into Bangladesh.
Ruth Patil visited the Department for International Development to see Lord Bates, one of the department’s ministerial team, where she was able to discuss the project’s goals.
Ruth Patil, co-founder of Carers Worldwide said, “We are delighted with the funding from the Government’s Small Charities Challenge Fund which will enable us to fund our new project in Bangladesh.”
International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt said helping others in need is at the heart of their culture, and this is epitomised by the work of small charities up and down the country.
The Small Charities Challenge fund, set up in 2017, has awarded 16 British charities, including Carers Worldwide, grants totalling over £750,000 in its first round of funding. Each charity can apply for a grant of up to £50,000.
Further grants will be handed out in the coming two years, out of a total pot of £4million.
The fund was set up after a DFID Civil Society review found it was hard for small UK charities to access DFID funding because of the length and complexity of the application process.
There is only stage in the process for applying for SCCF funding: simply filling out an application form.