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Dhaka lauds UN secretary-general’s role to address Covid-19 challenges

  • Published at 02:10 pm July 7th, 2020
PR to UN Rabab Fatima
File photo: Ambassador Rabab Fatima of Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN speaks at the UN headquarters UNB UNB

Guterres stressed the importance of continued global solidarity and its expansion to other areas

Bangladesh has praised UN Secretary-General António Guterres for his leadership in guiding the global efforts to address the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in conflict situations.

 "Your appeal has had an important salutary effect on many conflict situations, yet, many are not paying heed and some are applying it selectively," said Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Rabab Fatima, reports UNB.

The Bangladesh PR along with PRs of nine other co-initiators (Ecuador, Egypt, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Oman, Senegal, Slovenia, and Sweden) of the joint statement of "Support to the Secretary-General’s Appeal for Global Ceasefire" virtually met António Guterres on Monday to officially hand over the statement, which was released on 22 June 2020.

In her conversation with the secretary-general, Ambassador Fatima also shared Bangladesh’s contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security particularly through peacekeeping.

"This joint statement, along with the Security Council Resolution 2532, among others, would strengthen your good office's role for bringing immediate end to hostilities in all conflict situations," said Ambassador Fatima. 

The statement, which received the overwhelming endorsement of 172 UN member states, non-member observer states and observers, was the strongest political support that the appeal has received so far yet. 

It sends a strong and clear message of solidarity and compassion with those impacted by hostilities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said the Bangladesh Mission in the UN on Tuesday.  

In his response, the UN Secretary-General termed the joint statement as “one of the best and most important endorsements to his Appeal in the UN” and thanked all the co-initiators for this. 

While referring to some significant and successful impacts of the appeal, he also admitted that much more remains to be done and implementation remains the key.

Guterres stressed the importance of continued global solidarity and its expansion to other areas. 

This sentiment was also shared by the co-initiators. 

The appeal has been a high point of the secretary-general's efforts in garnering political support for pandemic response. Bangladesh was also among the first rank of countries to have endorsed the appeal once earlier, through another platform, when it was made on March 23.

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