Sheikh Hasina introduced as the "jewel in the crown of the day" at the event
The UN-sponsored Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has conferred Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with "SDG Progress Award" for Bangladesh's steady course in responding to the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all.
"The honourable prime minister accepted the award saying she is dedicating it to the people of Bangladesh," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said in a media briefing in New York on Monday (New York local time).
Momen called the event a significant international acknowledgement of the country's success in spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) after achievements in the fields of Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Led by prominent economist and development strategist Professor Jeffrey D Sachs, SDSN was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary General.
The platform aims to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development and gauge the country-specific competitiveness in development performances.
At the Ninth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development on Monday (New York local time), the event's moderator introduced Sheikh Hasina as the "jewel in the crown of the day" while Sachs appreciated her leadership in spearheading the SDG campaign even during the global Covid-19 pandemic.
"The award is a testimony of the endeavours engaged in achieving the SDGs. . . leaving no one behind," she told the event.
The premier also took part in some other international events on UN General Assembly (UNGA) sidelines one being a crucial closed-door meeting of heads of government on climate change jointly hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.