Dhaka, Oct 14 (UNB) - Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said Bangladesh has been spending over 1 percent of its GDP in addressing climate change impacts and has invested significantly in making its agriculture sector climate-resilient one.
“Climate change impacts have the potential to halt our success in agriculture and nutrition sector,” he cautioned.
Ambassador Momen said cooperation from development partners for more trade and investment in the agriculture sector is vital for agriculture development, food security and nutrition for countries like Bangladesh.
He made the remarks while delivering speech at the plenary of the second committee of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on agriculture development, food security and nutrition at the UN headquarters in New York recently.
Momen said the 2030 Agenda has recognised the intrinsic connection between ending hunger and malnutrition and sustainable development, said the Bangladesh Mission on Sunday.
“We express our deep concern at the findings of the Secretary General’s Report that global hunger is on the rise and with the current trend the SDG 2 will not be met by 2030,” he said.
The diplomat said it is indeed shocking news that at this age of highly interlinked global economy and unprecedented technological advancement which have unleashed remarkable potential for prosperity, millions of people would spend days without meals.
He said agriculture scientists and researchers have played an important role in ensuring food and nutrition security in the country by inventing climate change and salinity-resistant varieties of crops.
“We’ve also been building modern food storage facilities to prevent food damage and ensure the quality of food,” said the diplomat.
After having attained food autarky, Bangladesh has now targeted ensuring nutrition for its people.
The second Bangladesh National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN2) 2016-2025 is now being implemented.
It has provided a strong basis for the multi-sectoral response needed to fight against malnutrition. “Specifically, it focuses on children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to improve nutrition and eradicate all forms of malnutrition across the country,” said the Ambassador.
He mentioned that strong legal provisions have been put in place to prevent food adulteration. “Also, several steps have been taken for the development of the fisheries sector which is a significant contributor to food and nutrition of the people.”
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) – Deutsche Welle’s (DW) Chief Editor Ines Pohl on Saturday laid emphasis on the need of Rohingya children’s education and seeks international community’s focus to ensure enough support for their education.
“It really broke my hurt when I see the wonderful children eager to learn. They are so curious, so smart. But they don’t even have books, which is something international community should focus and provide them with books and learning materials in the camp, otherwise this generation will be lost”, said the DW Chief Editor.
While sharing her experience of a recent visit to Cox’s Bazar’s Rohingya camps, she urged for ensuring the Rohingya children’s education and secured life.
Pohl gave her views at a discussion titled “Migration- Challenges and Approaches in the East and the West” held at a city hotel.
Editor-in-Chief of Bdnews24.com Toufique Imrose Khalidi and Head of DW Asia programmes Debarati Guha, among others, spoke.
Guha said the Children are being taught in English, Mathematics and Burmese but they do not have any book.
“After finishing that they can’t participate in any board examination. So they cannot take any higher education and cannot also go out to have jobs,” she said.
The DW Chief Editor said everybody knows the immediate repatriation of Rohingya is impossible. “We all have to find ways to get out of the state of denial and face the fact that we have to give them a chance to get integrated and start with education and start with having a chance to find a job and start a life here in Bangladesh.”
Toufique Imrose said there is a huge funding gap and the money the international community pledged has not been delivered.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said reducing the economic losses from disasters has the power to transform lives and contribute greatly to the eradication of poverty.
“Disasters have a steep human cost,” he said in a message marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction that falls on October 13.
The UN chief said measuring economic losses can also motivate governments to do more to achieve the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which seeks a substantial reduction in disaster losses by 2030.
“As we mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, let us reaffirm our commitment to this vital endeavor,” he said.
This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction falls shortly after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia showed yet again the urgency of resilience and risk-awareness.
Millions of people are displaced every year, losing their homes and jobs because of extreme weather events and earthquakes.
“However, not all countries report systematically on the economic losses from major disaster events, according to a new report prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction,” said the UN chief.
This year’s International Day highlighted the need for Member States to improve data collection on disasters, including comprehensive accounting of economic losses. “This is crucial for progress on crisis prevention.”
For example, he said, a better understanding of the economic losses from extreme weather events can help to generate greater action on climate change and increased ambition on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali has called on the Indian businesspeople to boost their investment in Bangladesh to reap the benefits of the country’s rapid economic growth and business friendly environment.
He was speaking at the Pondicherry Global Economic Summit and the Fifth World Tamils Economic Conference Pondicherry on Saturday.
High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali suggested establishment of a series of ‘buyback’ projects, where Indian investors will set up industries in Bangladesh and re-export to India and in some other neighboring countries.
Similar equation exists between US-Canada and US-Mexico. Through these buy-back projects, within a very short time, Canada and Mexico have emerged as the largest trading partners of the USA, he said.
“If they can do it, we can do it as well,” Syed Muazzem said.
He urged the Indian investors to take advantage of Bangladesh’s competent labour costs and closer proximity to North-East markets.
He mentioned that several Indian mega companies like Hero-Honda, Tata group or CEAT Tire companies have set up such projects in Bangladesh.
“These are small projects, but we need much bigger investments. If we could engage in bigger projects, this will also ensure the stability of our relationship,” he said.
Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh and India may delve into joint venture partnership in important sectors such as Agro Processing, Automobiles, Ceramics, Chemicals, Gems and Jewelry, Light Engineering, ICT, Hospital and Medical Equipment, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, Professional Services, Tourism, Textiles (including home textile).
The envoy said Bangladesh would need substantial investment to broaden her exportable base. “It is little unfortunate that investment opportunities for Indian industrialists in Bangladesh had not been fully explored in depth so far.”
Syed Muazzem said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government have given maximum importance to transform Bangladesh into one of the most favoured investment destinations in South Asia and all the policies and practices are now in place to create a favourable environment to carry out necessary businesses of the investors.
Bangladesh, he said, is being considered as the most liberal and business friendly economy in this region and one of the most attractive destinations for business and investment.
Geographically, also, Bangladesh is located in such a position, where it can act as a hub of connectivity between South and South-East Asia, said the High Commissioner.
He said Bangladesh’s rising economic trajectory is also a testimony that Bangladesh offers huge opportunity to the investors.
“If all these positive trends continue, we expect to implement Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 'Vision 2041' to make Bangladesh a developed country by the year 2041,” the High Commissioner told the business summit.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) – A large number of representatives from United Nations (UN) Member States have congratulated the Bangladesh delegation after its win in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) election with huge votes.
They expressed views that this victory of Bangladesh is a testimony to the ‘indomitable advancements’ Bangladesh has been making in democracy, human rights, good governance, transparency and accountability as well as the socio-economic development under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Press Wing of the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations said this quoting the representatives of the UN Member States on Saturday.
The timely, humanitarian and sympathetic gesture shown by Bangladesh with regard to the Rohingya issue was also referred to which has brightened the image of Bangladesh at world stage, it said.
Bangladesh was elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the term 2019-2021.
Elections were held on Friday morning (NY Time) at the General Assembly to elect 18 members of the Council by direct and secret ballot.
All the 193 member states of the UN attended the election, which was presided over by the President of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa.
Following completion of the vote count, the result was announced by the President of the 73rd Session.
Although majority of votes 97 votes were required by the candidates to be elected to the Human Rights Council, Bangladesh secured 178 votes.
Bangladesh has so far served thrice - 2009-2012, 2015-2017 and 2019-2021 during the tenures of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam.
India, Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines were elected alongside Bangladesh from the Asia-Pacific Group.