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UN to stand strongly with Bangladesh, guide LDC graduation & achieving 2030 Agenda

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 21st November, 2021 08:47:24 PM
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UN to stand strongly with Bangladesh, guide LDC graduation & achieving 2030 Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-2026 was launched on Sunday (Nov 21) aiming to create ground for joint work between the Government and UN Country Team in Bangladesh to accelerate implementation of the 8th Five Year Plan.

The launching programme was held at the NEC-2 Conference room, by the Economic Relations Division of the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

In light of public health measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch was a virtual one, said UN Information Centre - Dhaka.

Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said “The UN has been Bangladesh’s longstanding and trusted partner from the onset of our independence and significantly contributed to our overall development achievements. This Cooperation Framework will also contribute to a more resilient recovery from the pandemic and to the acceleration towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.”

Referring to the imminent LDC graduation, Minister of Planning MA Mannan said “We are about to graduate from LDC status.  At the threshold of graduation, as a developing country, and one that is aiming to become a developed country by 2041, and ensuring that the benefits of development are shared equitably is our responsibility. This Cooperation Framework will contribute to real, and sustainable difference to the lives of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable groups.”

Earlier, in her opening remarks, ERD Secretary Ms. Fatima Yasmin expressed her hope that this Cooperation Framework will create the ground for joint work between the Government and the UN Country Team in Bangladesh to accelerate implementation of the 8th Five Year Plan.

She said “This is a very important Framework that will guide our cooperation with the UN on a broad range of areas from LDC graduation, to pandemic recovery and achieving the SDGs.”

In her comments, the UN Resident Coordinator thanked the Government and partners for their contribution to the formulation of the Cooperation Framework.

She reiterated commitment of the UN family in Bangladesh to stand strongly with the Government in key priorities like tackling climate change, ensuring that every child gets a quality education and a safe childhood, enabling every woman and man to be able to participate in decision-making.

At the event, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Ambassador Rabab Fatima, and the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Development Coordination Office in New York Robert Piper also offered pre-recorded messages.

On behalf of Bangladesh, the ERD Secretary Ms. Fatima Yasmin and on behalf of the UN in Bangladesh the Resident Coordinator Ms. Mia Seppo unveiled the Cooperation Framework.