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Architecture in LDCs

Dhaka seeks more int’l support

Dhaka seeks more int’l support
  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 1 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has urged the global community for a new international support for architecture with stronger policies and measures for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and for the nations who are graduating from LDC status.

He was speaking at the High-level opening session of the 4-day Asia-Pacific Regional Review Meeting, which was jointly organised by Bangladesh government, UN-OHRLLS and UN-ESCAP at the UN Headquarters in Geneva on Monday in preparation for the Fifth UN Conference on the UNLDC-5 to be held in Qatar in January.

Momen lauded the remarkable progress made by the majority of the LDCs of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in reducing poverty and investing in human resources and infrastructure.

He shared the graduation story of Bangladesh under the dynamic, bold and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York Rabab Fatima chaired the opening session.

Several high-level speakers including President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir, President of the ECOSOC Collen Vixen Kelapile, Foreign Minister of Malawi and Chair of the LDCs Eisenhower Mkaka and Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Faruk Kaymakci spoke at this event.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also chaired one session of the regional review meeting titled “Ministerial dialogue on lessons learned in the implementation of the IPoA-challenges encountered and the way forward”.

During the day, he also held meetings with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at their offices in Geneva on Tuesday.

During his meeting with Dr Tedros, Foreign Minister Momen laid emphasis on more effective role of WHO to ensure the availability, affordability and equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines for the developing countries.

Momen further highlighted the importance of temporary waiver of TRIPS obligations on production of Covid-19 vaccines, medicines and other medical equipment. He informed the DG of Bangladesh’s capacity to produce vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics and other medical equipment that would be crucial to fight against the pandemic.

The Foreign Minister also briefed DG of WHO about the significant positive impact of the community clinics on public health, particularly maternal and neonatal health in Bangladesh, and sought support of the WHO for establishing more such clinics.

During the meeting, both Foreign Minister Momen and DG Dr. Tedros commended the personal initiatives of Saima Wazed, Member of WHO’s Advisory Panel on Mental Health for bringing mental health and autism issues in the mainstream of the health sector. 

In another meeting with the Director General of UNHCR Philippo Grandi, Foreign Minister Momen requested for UNHCR’s support to put pressure on Myanmar for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

Grandi again expressed the sincere appreciation of the UNHCR to the Government of Bangladesh, particularly to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, for her extraordinary humanitarian decision to provide the forcibly displaced Rohingyas shelter in Bangladesh.