Dhaka, Sep 15 (UNN)- Bangladesh Consulate General in Istanbul has made a presentation on ‘Bangladesh: A Socio-Economic Miracle’ to promote Bangladesh in Turkey.
The programme was held on Friday at Bakirkoy NGO Association Platform, an established NGO organisation in Turkey consisting of more than 20 NGOs working mainly on environment and developmental issues.
Members of the NGOs, who are well known in their respective professional areas attended it, said a press release on Saturday.
Highlighting basic facts of Bangladesh’s history, demography, society, economy and culture, Bangladesh Consul General Dr. Mohammad Monirul Islam briefed the audience about Bangladesh’s achievements and recognitions in the international theatre, especially in the areas of poverty alleviation, natural disaster management, environment and global warming, migration and women empowerment.
He made a comparative study on various countries of South Asia in their developments on the socio-economic fronts.
He also underlined the role and contributions of the NGOs in facilitating the country’s remarkable growth and progress.
Ahmet Coskunaydin, Chief Editor of Gunaydin International and board member of Turkish Economic Journalists Association, who recently visited Bangladesh, shared his experiences with the audience, underlining that he was impressed to see the warmth and hospitality of the people as well as cultural richness and natural beauty of Bangladesh.
He pointed out the commonalities between Bangladesh and Turkey, adding that we should work towards realising the full potentials that Bangladesh and Turkey promise in their relationship.
Abdullah Tan, President of Bakirkoy NGO Association Platform said in his welcome remarks that this type of event would certainly help bring the people of two countries closer by strengthening their mutual understanding and cooperation.
He appreciated the Consulate General of Bangladesh for such event and expressed hope to continue collaborations in the days to come.
Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for greater leadership to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and address a shared vulnerability.
“I call for that same spirit of common cause and, especially, greater leadership as we strive to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilise the ambitious climate action we so urgently need at this time,” he said.
The UN chief made the call in a message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer that falls on September 16.
Guterres said this has been a year of record-breaking heat around the world and it is also a pivotal time for climate action.
“As we address this threat, we can draw inspiration from the Montreal Protocol, a shining example of how the world can come together for people and planet,” he said.
The UN chief said when science showed that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other substances were tearing a hole in the ozone layer that protects all life on earth, the world responded with determination and foresight by banning them. “Thanks to this global commitment, the ozone layer is expected to return to its 1980 levels by mid-century.”
“However, this work is not yet done. The landmark Kigali Amendment, which enters into force on 1 January 2019, sets its sights on hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful climate-warming gases still used in cooling systems,” Guterres said.
So far, 46 countries have ratified this new instrument and the UN chief called on all others to follow suit and show their commitment to a healthier planet.
“I expect countries to demonstrate significant progress in implementing the Kigali Amendment at the Climate Summit I’m convening in September 2019,” he said.
For over three decades, Guterres said, the Montreal Protocol has done much more than shrink the ozone hole; it has shown the world how environmental governance can respond to science, and how countries can come together to address a shared vulnerability.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) – Bangladesh has moved three notches up to the 136th place among 189 countries in the Global Human Development Index (HDI) 2017, according to the Human Development Report (HDR) of the United Nations Development Programme.
Bangladesh had also moved up three spots and ranked 139th in HDI 2015 due to the remarkable progress it has made in many socio-economic areas, including life expectancy and per capita income.
India also climbed one spot to 130th position among the countries in the latest report ‘Human Development Indices and Indicators’ released on September 14.
Human development data, analysis and reporting have been at the heart of that paradigm.
UNDP’s Human Development Index has captured human progress, combining information on people’s health, education and income in just one number.
Over the years, the HDI has served as a comparative tool of excellence, and as a reliable platform for vigorous public debates on national priorities.
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said the Human Development Report will remain UNDP’s premier vehicle to advance development thinking. “Our mission to capture the state of global human development and inform development policy across the globe has never been more crucial.”
UNDP said still, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require new indicators for assessing the many faces of inequality, the impact of the global environmental crisis on people now and tomorrow, the importance of voice, and the ways in which communities rather than individuals are progressing.
Director, Human Development Report Office, Selim Jahan said while there is ground for optimism that the gaps are narrowing, disparities in people’s well-being are still unacceptably wide.
He said inequality in all its forms and dimensions, between and within countries, limits people’s choices and opportunities, withholding progress.
Within South Asia, India's HDI value is above the average of 0.638 for the region, with Bangladesh and Pakistan, countries with similar population size, being ranked 136 and 150 respectively.
Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical update was released to ensure consistency in reporting on key human development indices and statistics. It includes an analysis of the state of human development—snapshots of current conditions as well as long-term trends in human development indicators.
With a comprehensive statistical annex, the data gives an overview of the state of development across the world, looking at long-term trends in human development indicators across multiple dimensions and for every nation, the 2018 Update highlights the considerable progress, but also the persistent deprivations and disparities.
Looking at 2018 results, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany lead the HDI ranking of 189 countries and territories, while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Burundi have the lowest scores in the HDI’s measurement of national achievements in health, education and income.
The overall trend globally is toward continued human development improvements, with many countries moving up through the human development categories: out of the 189 countries for which the HDI is calculated, 59 countries are today in the very high human development group and only 38 countries fall in the low HDI group. Just eight years ago in 2010, the figures were 46 and 49 countries respectively.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) - Speakers at a workshop in Habiganj on Friday said inclusion is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the role of MPs is the key to ensure that no one is left behind.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised the two-day workshop titled ‘Role of Member of Parliament in Monitoring and Implementing SDGs’.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was the chief guest at the opening session along with a total of 30 MPs and senior government officials of the Parliament Secretariat, said UNDP.
The speakers said parliamentarians have an opportunity, and a constitutional responsibility, to play a significant role in supporting and monitoring implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Agenda 2030 Declaration acknowledges the essential role of national parliaments through their enactment of legislation and adoption of budgets.
Addressing the workshop, Dr Shirin said MPs are playing a critical role in implementing SDGs. “Being elected by the people of Bangladesh, they can take forward the people-centric development agenda by ensuring accountability and transparency.”
She also highlighted the initiatives of the Bangladesh government to mobilise resources for localising the SDGs, such as the social safety net programme.
“Each of the Member of Parliament’s core functions: representation, legislative, budgetary and oversight can be harnessed effectively towards supporting the implementation and realisation of the SDGs,” the Speaker added.
UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said as Bangladesh poises for alleviation to middle-income status, the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for an inclusive and responsible society is more pressing than ever before.
“The workshop has two major aims: informing the parliamentarians of the new 2030 agenda and SDGs and to facilitate the development approaches and tools for the parliamentarians to monitor and implement SDGs at the local level,” Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh, Sudipto Mukerjee said.
Chief Whip ASM Feroz while addressing the workshop said, “Poverty alleviation is essential to achieve the SDGs. “We also need to focus on reducing inequality from our society.”
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Md Fazle Rabbi Miah stressed the importance of public-private partnership in achieving SDGs.
Abul Kalam Azad, Chief Coordinator for SDGs Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office, presented the ‘SDG Framework and role of parliamentarians in monitoring and implementing the SDGs’
Dr Md Abdur Rob Howlader, Senior Secretary to Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat, highlighted the importance of establishing parliamentary mechanisms like Standing Committee in monitoring SDGs.
Among others, Whips Md Shahab Uddin and Iqbalur Rahim, Charles Chauvel, team leader, Inclusive Political Processes Governance and Peace building, UNDP, Radwan Mujib Siddiq, Senior Consultant, UNDP Bangladesh, and Sheela Tasneem Haq, Advisor Political Governance, UNDP Bangladesh were present.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said democracy is showing greater strain than at any time in decades and laid emphasis on more inclusive democracies.
“That is why this International Day should make us look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers for the systemic challenges it faces,” he said in a message marking the International Day of Democracy that falls on September 15.
The UN chief said this means tackling inequality, both economic and political. “It means making our democracies more inclusive, by bringing the young and marginalised into the political system. It means making democracies more innovative and responsive to emerging challenges.”
He said working for a future that leaves no one behind requires all to consider essential pressing questions.
For example, Guterres said, what impact will migration or climate change have on democracy in the next generation? “How do we best harness the potential of new technologies while avoiding the dangers? How do build better governance so that democracy delivers better lives and fully meets the public’s aspirations?”
“On this International Day of Democracy, let us commit to joining forces for the future of democracy,” he said.