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Resolution on natural fibers adopted by consensus at UN

  • Published at 04:02 pm November 22nd, 2019
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Ambassador Masud briefed the journalists about how this resolution will help Bangladesh in front of the UNHQ UNB

It will pave way for a stronger, effective, efficient global value chain for jute

Bangladesh’s resolution titled “Natural Plant Fibers and Sustainable Development” has been adopted by consensus in the plenary of the second committee of the 74th session of the UNGA.

The resolution was tabled in September 2019 in this committee and adopted on Thursday, said the Bangladesh Mission at the UN.    

After several rounds of exhilarating as well as contentious negotiations, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh could achieve consensus of all member states of the UN for this resolution, reports UNB.

Along with India, China, Russia, Ireland, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria -- 68 countries have co-sponsored the resolution.

This is the first resolution in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that features the challenges as well as the potential of jute and other natural plant fibers as economically viable, socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable agricultural products.

The resolution primarily focuses on jute and other natural fibers such as Abaca, Coir, Kenaf, Sisal, Hemp and Ramie which are lesser known to the international community and reiterates that the promotion of these fibers would contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the adoption of the resolution, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the current government of Bangladesh has been adopting bold policies aiming at transforming the agriculture sector, promoting rural development, empowering the marginalized people and protecting smallholder farmers and small-scale producers.

 Bangladesh took the lead to highlight the potential economic, social and environmental benefits of the natural plant fibers such as jute which is fondly called the "Golden Fiber" in Bangladesh, he added.

He hoped this resolution will pave the way for fostering scientific research, development and cooperation at national, regional and global levels to ensure, in addition to its traditional use, the high end, value-added and innovative use of all lesser known natural plant fibers.

Ambassador Masud thanked the member states across the region for their support in adopting the resolution.

Global value chain

After adoption of the resolution, in front of the UN Headquarters (UNHQ) Building Ambassador Masud briefed the journalists about how this resolution will help Bangladesh.

He said this resolution will pave the way for a stronger, effective and efficient global value chain for jute and other natural fiber products.

"If the demand of jute and jute products increase in the global market, Bangladesh’s jute growers and traders will get competitive price.”

In addition, he explained: “Our objective is primarily to promote jute. To bring all the countries on board, we have broadened the scope of the resolution which includes other natural plant fibers also such as Abaca, Coir, Kenaf, Sisal, Hemp and Ramie. We needed the support of the international community in our first ever attempt to promote jute”.

The press release also said that this resolution will help addressing the environmental degradation and climate change issues by creating awareness globally of the disadvantages of artificial fibers such as plastic and the benefits of using natural fibers.

It calls upon the governments to mainstream the promotion of the natural fibers into their policies, plans and laws.

From now on, the resolution will be discussed in the Second Committee of the General Assembly biennially.