Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all governments to respect the right to active, substantive and meaningful participation.
"I salute all of you who strive tirelessly to make this happen," he said in a message marking the International Democracy Day on Sunday.
At heart, democracy is about people, said the UN chief adding that it is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation - and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights.
“These values and aspirations cannot be seen as tokens or lip service. They must be real in people’s lives,” he said.
Yet, the UN chief said, the International Day of Democracy takes place at a time when trust is low and anxiety is high.
“People are frustrated by growing inequalities and unsettled by sweeping changes from globalisation and technology,” he said.
They see conflicts going unresolved, a climate emergency going unanswered, injustice going unaddressed, and civic space shrinking, said the UN chief.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB) - Newly appointed Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh Sudipto Mukerjee has lauded Bangladesh’s remarkable achievements in the field of technology and capacity-building.
He also assured that UNDP will continue to work with the government of Bangladesh for the overall development of Bangladesh from grassroots to national level.
Mukerjee presented his credentials to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday.
Welcoming the new resident representative, the Foreign Minister expressed deep appreciation for the longstanding cooperation between the government of Bangladesh and UNDP in the field of capacity-building, inclusive and sustainable policymaking, development governance which dates back to 1972.
The Foreign Minister thanked UNDP for its longstanding partnership with the government of Bangladesh.
He hoped that the cooperation between Bangladesh and UNDP in the field of implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will continue.
Before his designation as Resident Representative of UNDP to Bangladesh, Mukerjee has been working in Bangladesh as the UNDP Country Director since October 2016.
Dhaka, Sept 14 (UNB)- Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen urged the member states of United Nations (UN) to utilize the notion of ‘Culture of Peace’ for attaining Agenda 2030.
He came up with the call while delivering the country statement at the General Debate of the UN High Level Forum on the ‘Culture of Peace’ commemorating of its 20th Anniversary at General Assembly Hall of UNHQs in New York on Friday convened by the President of the 73rd General Assembly (PGA)sMaría Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.
Ambassador Masud highlighted that 20 years back, under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, it was an honour for Bangladesh to facilitate this norm-setting resolution the ‘Culture of Peace’ (resolution 53/243).
He said, “It was therefore, not a coincidence that during the first term of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh mooted the idea of ‘Culture of Peace’ and it was included in the agenda of General Assembly (GA) in 1997 and subsequently on 13 September 1999, the GA adopted the resolution by consensus. It is therefore, gratifying for Bangladesh that when we are observing this 20th anniversary, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is still here to lead our country to peace and sustainable development”.
Ambassador Masud stated, “We’re happy that this notion has now matured into a dominant theme at the UN with widespread resonance. It is noteworthy that in recent years a number of new resolutions have been adopted under this agenda item”. He further added, “We should now engage ourselves to see how best we can utilize the notion to attain Agenda 2030 and even beyond that to sustain the relevance of this agenda”.
Flagging the quest ‘leave no one behind’ in the pursuit to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, the PR said, “In Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has kept people at the centre of our development. Due to her efforts in alleviating factors of conflict like poverty eradication, economic upliftment Bangladesh has experienced much less conflict from within and maintained a peaceful coexistence with her neighbours”.
The President of the General Assembly (PGA) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés chaired the event and delivered the opening remark. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate LeymahGbowee shared solidarity message and King of the Ashanti people of Ghana his Royal Majesty OtumfuoOsei Tutu II spoke as a keynote speaker at the event.
A classic musical interlude was presented during the opening ceremony by two famous expatriate Bangladeshi artists Ustad Morshed Khan (setar) and Tapan Modok (tabola) which was highly appreciated by the participants.
Member States delivered national statements afterward at the plenary segment. A panel discussion was held in the afternoon at Trustee Council Chamber. The PGA also delivered the closing remark to conclude this daylong event.
Several events were organised as part of commemorating this auspicious occasion. Yesterday a side-event was held at International Peace Institution (IPI) in New York entitled ‘On the Road to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Celebrating Twenty Years of the Culture of Peace’.
PGA of the 73rd UNGA María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, IPI Vice President DR. Amem Lupel, Ex Under-Secretary General and ex PR of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury and Ambassador Masud Bin Momen participated this interactive discussion.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide around $ 5bn to Bangladesh for 2020-2022, aiming to further strengthen its partnership to promote rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth in the country.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director for Bangladesh Manmohan Parkash met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently and handed over ADB’s new Country Operations Business Plan (COBP) for 2020-2022, which programs around $5 billion in firm projects.
Projects worth another $4.9 billion have been included in the pipeline as “standby”.
The projects will be taken up for ADB financing based on their readiness.
Country Director Parkash appraised Prime Minister Hasina of the ADB’s enhanced development programs for Bangladesh, ADB said in a media release on Friday.
The COBP aligns with the government’s Seventh Five-Year Plan and ADB’s Strategy 2030 and supports implementation of sustainable development goals targets.
It is also aligned with the government’s new manifesto, which highlights the priorities and sets the stage for the next 5-year plan.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appreciated ADB assistance and highlighted her government’s priorities for infrastructure and human capital development, science and technology research, rural and agricultural development, and private sector promotion.
Complimenting Prime Minister Hasina on strong economic performance, Country Director Parkash said that the new COBP is consistent with government priorities and a pathway to prosperity.
He reaffirmed ADB’s continued assistance to further strengthen its partnership to promote sustainable growth in Bangladesh.
ADB assistance is well distributed in infrastructure and social sectors. About 54% of sovereign investments (by volume) will further improve human capital; enhance urban services, water supply and sanitation; strengthen road, railway and port connectivity; promote rural development; and improve access and quality of electricity supply.
The lending prioritises skills development and tertiary education with an emphasis on information technology.
It also prioritises Bangladesh’s participation in regional and global value chains by furthering regional cooperation and integration in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) and beyond.
The program will enable greater private sector investment by easing credit constraints and facilitating local currency bonds.
Major projects include Dhaka-Sylhet Road, Joydevpur-Elenga-Rangpur-Burimari-Banglabandha road, Faridpur-Barishal road, dual gauging of Dhaka-Chattogram rail lines, Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Rail Line, Dhaka MRT Line 5 (Gabtoli-Panthapath-Aftabnagar), Skills for Employment Project, Computer and Software Engineering Tertiary Education Project, Dhaka Sewerage System and Water Supply Projects, and Khulna Sewerage System Development Project.
The pipeline also includes projects to automate revenue administration, develop bond markets, strengthen the banking system, and improve irrigation, rural connectivity and electrification.
In its 46-year-long partnership with Bangladesh, ADB has mobilized over $25 billion in loans and grants to help bring better infrastructure, public services, and social development outcomes to the people of Bangladesh.
In 2018 alone, ADB approved a record $2.5 billion in assistance to the country.
This included a grant of $100 million as the first phase of a projected $200 million support for the immediate needs of people sheltered in the camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar region.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - A day-long fair of Bangladesh’s Jamdani, muslin and other handloom saris attracted a large crowd in Delhi on Thursday.
The creations of Mantasha Ahmed and Nasreen Jahan, owners of two popular fashion houses in Dhaka, the display was organised by Association Fashion Designers of Bangladesh (ATDB) and Bangladesh High Commission (BDHC) Spouses Club in New Delhi.
It was opened by Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali at the mission’s Maitree Hall.
Some of the master pieces – bright, colourful and full of motifs – of the weavers were put on display.
In 2013, UNESCO declared the traditional art of weaving Jamdani as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and in 2016 Bangladesh received the GI status of Jamadani sari.
The fair was second such initiative by the same organisers in two years, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.