Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has stressed the need for a change of mindset to bring lasting peace to the world.
People all over the world must inculcate a mindset of tolerance, respect and love into themselves for others irrespective of religion, ethnicity, colour and race to bring peace and achieve harmony, he said.The minister mentioned it in his recorded statement delivered at the Annual High-Level Meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAoC) Group of Friends on Tuesday, according to a statement by the ministry on Wednesday.
The Alliance of Civilizations can be an effective ‘soft power’ to bring about changes in the mindset of people which is essential for a sustainable world of peace, said Momen.
In his statement, the Bangladesh foreign minister, among others, highlighted the multifaceted challenges that the pandemic Covid-19 has generated in our societies.
He underscored the importance of building cohesive and inclusive societies to fight the menace of mistrusts, intolerance, hate speech and xenophobia that the pandemic has given rise to.
Momen maintained that Bangladesh greatly values the principles of tolerance, secularism, ethnic diversity and communal harmony, which are embedded in the country’s Constitution.
“Our peace-centric, tolerant state policy has indeed been shaped by the vision of our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who boldly stated in his maiden speech in the UN on September 25 in 1974, "Peace is an imperative for the survival of mankind,” he said, adding “This vision of peace has also guided us to embrace a ‘Culture of Peace’ and encouraged us to sponsor a resolution on this theme in the UN for the last 21 years”.The minister also emphasised the importance of inclusion, forging partnership, and respecting diversity as critical in the efforts to build back better from the devastating fallout of the Covid-19.
He further underlined the need for utilising lessons-learnt from past cries and reinforcement of social cohesion and peaceful coexistence to contribute to preventing social tensions between individuals and communities in this challenging time.