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Bangladesh’s UN envoy introduces UNGA resolution on vision impairment

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted the first ever UN resolution on vision impairment which committed access to eye health for the 1.1 billion people living with preventable sight loss by 2030.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Rabab Fatima introduced the resolution on Friday on behalf of the Friends of Vision, an informal like-minded group at the UN who advocates for the greater access to eye heath care for over 2 billion people currently living with various levels of visual impairment.

The resolution titled “Vision for Everyone: accelerating action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” is unique as it is the first agreement among the member states of this highest global body and is designed to tackle preventable sight loss.

The other two co-chairs of the group are Antigua & Barbuda and Ireland who have joined Bangladesh in proposing the resolution. 115 member states cosponsored the resolution.