‘Bangladesh ready to use SSC for ICPD goal achievement ’

Staff Correspondent

3 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh is ready to use South-South Cooperation to share its best practices in population and development for achievement of International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA), said Md Murad Hassan, state minister for Health and Family Welfare.

“We’re also keen to learn from the best practices of our partner countries, UN agencies and take advantage of the South-South Cooperation (SSC) model to overcome the challenges,” he said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) at UN headquarters on Monday at an event titled ‘South-South Cooperation for the achievement of the ICPD PoA and the 2030 Agenda’.

Murad spoke about the remarkable progress of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government in achieving ICPD goals and SDGs, said a media statement of Bangladesh’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

He highlighted Bangladesh’s remarkable success in reducing infant, children under five and maternal mortality rates; rise of life expectancy, use of contraceptives; poverty alleviation; development of primary and secondary education and progress in eliminating gender disparities.

He underscored the improvement of primary healthcare service delivery system and establishment of about 14,000 community clinics.

State Minister Murad put forth a set of recommendations to mitigate challenges of achieving ICPD PoA and 2030 agenda.

He suggested increasing opportunities for training and capacity building of SSC focal persons in developing countries, developing a strategic framework for promoting South-South and triangular cooperation to support innovation, new partnerships, knowledge-sharing and scaling up of proven best practices.