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Bangladeshi cops ready to support UNPOL

Says Home Minister tells Police Summit

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 3 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladeshi cops ready to support UNPOL
Home Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Khan along with others poses for a photograph at the high-level meeting on ‘Fostering sustainable peace and development through United Nations policing’ at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has reiterated the commitment of Bangladesh Police to contribute to any United Nations Police (UNPOL) initiative for the promotion of sustainable peace and development.

“As a proud member of the UN Police since 1989, we reiterate our commitment to contribute to any UNPOL initiative for the promotion of sustainable peace and development,” said the Home Minister.

He was speaking at the high-level meeting on “Fostering sustainable peace and development through United Nations policing” held during the Third UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2022) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

Mentioning that the security and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing, he said, “UN peace operations should strive for a balanced and coherent approach for maintaining peace and security in order to facilitate development activities”.

He urged the UN to address the root causes and drivers of fragility in the conflict affected countries and extending support to the national actors in developing their capacities to deliver basic services, create economic opportunities and implement necessary governance reforms.

“A coherent and coordinated approach is needed between all actors including UN Police, UN Country team and agencies and relevant national authorities” he added.

The Home Minister laid emphasis on the role of UN Policing in the Security Sector Reform and strengthening rule of law as per mandate. In this regard, he underscored the importance of Specialized Police Teams (SPTs).

He appreciated the efforts to increase the number of women in police deployments and senior positions in UN peacekeeping.  Asaduzzaman Khan was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith and the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Benazir Ahmed.

Later on Thursday, the Home Minister held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Anita Bhatia on the Permanent Mission premises.

During the meeting, the DED commended Bangladesh for its leadership in women’s issues, including in Women Peace and Security agenda and in introducing gender responsive budgeting.

They discussed the possible cooperation in addressing violence against women including cyber violence through capacity building and awareness raising programmes and increasing participation of women in UN peacekeeping operations.