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PM Hasina seeks UN’s robust role to resolve global challenges, Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 07:43 pm October 23rd, 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

Bangladesh committed to work with UN and international community, says Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the United Nations (UN) to play more decisive and robust role in resolving existing global challenges, including the Rohingya crisis.

“There are still areas where the UN can play a more decisive and robust role in resolving many of today’s intractable challenges such as the Rohingya Crisis,” the prime minister said in a message issued on Friday on the occasion of the UN’s 75th founding anniversary.

She said the world is still beset with poverty, hunger, armed conflicts, terrorism, insecurity, climate change – all of which call for concerted efforts and greater action.

“As we agreed in the declaration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, our challenges today are interconnected and can only be addressed through reinvigorated multilateralism. Only together can we build resilience against future pandemics and other global challenges,” she added.

On the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh joins the international community in reaffirming its unwavering commitment to the principles and objectives enshrined in the UN Charter.

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She said this year holds a special significance for Bangladesh as the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is being celebrated.

In his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24 in 1974, the prime minister said Bangabandhu made an unequivocal commitment to global peace, emphasized solidarity among nations, championed multilateralism, and called for the promotion of human rights, justice and the rule of law nationally and globally. “Our engagement with the United Nations is guided by his adept philosophy and vision,” she added.

Hasina said 2020 is a challenging year because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 and the pandemic continues to ravage through and reverberate around the world.

“It has put enormous strains on our societies, economies, health systems, lives and livelihoods, businesses, and export earnings. Only by working together and in solidarity can we end the pandemic and effectively tackle its consequences,” she said.

The prime minister said over the last 75 years, the UN has had many achievements and it has promoted freedom, shaped norms for international development, helped mitigate conflicts, and saved hundreds of thousands of lives through humanitarian action.

It has worked to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including the equal rights of women and men, she added.

Bangladesh committed to work with UN, international community

Mentioning that Bangladesh has been an active, contributing and responsible member of the UN, Hasina said in the endeavour to maintain global peace and security, Bangladesh has emerged as one of the leaders in the UN Peacekeeping Missions by adhering to its long-standing “Culture of Peace”.

“Our government has also made exemplary achievements in implementing the SDGs, increasing women empowerment, enhancing access to economic and social rights, achieving food security, and reducing inequalities.

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“Our economic performance for the last 11 years has been stellar. We are right on track to become a middle-income country by 2021, a developed country by 2041, and a prosperous delta by 2100,” she said.

Noting that the world today is different from what it was 75 years ago when the UN was founded, the prime minister said: “In this ever-evolving world of more challenges and opportunities, we expect the UN to remain the most trusted partner to all nations.”

“With a concrete and meaningful roadmap for shaping the future, the UN can guide us in our endeavour to build a secure future for us where security would be guaranteed, development ensured, and human rights protected,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh remains committed to working together with the UN and international community in responding to all shared challenges to create a peaceful, sustainable, inclusive, and just world.

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