Bangladesh stresses strong partnership with UN

Diplomatic Correspondent

3 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has stressed close collaboration and strong partnership with the United Nations as he apprehends that the COVID-19 may impede the progresses in the areas of Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) achievements and Bangladesh’s graduation trajectory.

He strongly emphasized the need to have a coordinated partnership with the UN so that the ongoing endeavours of Bangladesh remain on track. 

The Foreign Minister told this during his meeting with a five-member UN country team led by Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh held at the State Guest House Jamuna on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Momen highlighted the impressive economic growth of Bangladesh including spectacular progress in the areas of poverty reduction, improvement in the life expectancy, reduction of maternal and child mortality, women empowerment and other socio-economic sectors.

He also said despite the onslaught of COVID-19, Bangladesh successfully submitted on time its second Voluntary National Response of SDG implementation, said a Foreign Ministry press release yesterday (Thursday).

“However, COVID-19 may impede the progresses in the area of SDG achievements and our graduation trajectory,” the Foreign Minister apprehended.

In this regard, he emphasized the need to have a coordinated partnership with the UN so that the country’s ongoing endeavours remain on track.

The Foreign Minister feared the negative impact of the pandemic in RMG and expatriate employment-two of the mainstays of Bangladesh’s economy.

He expressed concern about the returnee migrant workers and sought UN’s assistance for re-skilling, re-employment and re-integration of them.

Momen also expressed hope that considering the large population size, Bangladesh should receive a substantial allocation from the UN's response and recovery fund.

The Foreign Minister highlighted the climate vulnerability of Bangladesh and reminded about the responsibility of the developed countries in mitigation of climatic impact in light of the Paris Agreement.