Integrated efforts and comprehensive steps are needed to address global problems, including climate change
By Sulhat salehin
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the United Nations to play a more determined and strong role in addressing the existing global challenges, including the Rohingya crisis. The Prime Minister made the call in a message on the occasion of the United Nations’ 75th founding anniversary on Friday, October 23, 2020.
This is the 75th founding anniversary of the United Nations. In 1945, the United Nations was established with the signing of the UN Charter by 51 countries to create an environment of cooperation in the international arena on law, security, economic development, social progress, and human rights. Since then, UN Day has been celebrated on October 24 every year.
Sheikh Hasina said, “There are still some areas where the United Nations can play a more specific and powerful role in addressing many of today’s complex challenges, such as the Rohingya crisis.” She said the world is still plagued by poverty, hunger, armed conflict, terrorism, insecurity, and climate change. Each of these problems requires an integrated effort and comprehensive steps.
She added, “As we agreed in the declaration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, our challenges today are interconnected and can only be addressed through renewed multilateralism.” Only by working together, we can build the capacity to overcome future pandemics and other global challenges. “
On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations’ founding, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh was reiterating its firm commitment to the principles and goals enshrined in the UN Charter with the international community.
This year is of special significance for Bangladesh on the occasion of celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The Prime Minister said, in her the first address to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 1974, Bangabandhu expressed his unequivocal commitment to world peace; Emphasizes solidarity between different countries; He spoke out in favor of multilateralism and called for the development of national and global human rights, justice and the rule of law.
She added, “Our engagement with the United Nations is guided by his wise philosophy and vision.” Sheikh Hasina said 2020 is a challenging year due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and the pandemic has been devastating the world since early 2020.
“It has put a huge strain on our society, economy, healthcare, livelihood, business and export earnings,” she said. Only by working together and in solidarity can we end this epidemic and deal with its aftermath effectively. “
The Prime Minister said the United Nations had achieved a lot in the last 75 years. It has worked for independence, shaped international development norms, helped resolve conflicts, and saved millions of lives through humanitarian action.
She added that it has worked to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including equal rights for men and women.
Referring to Bangladesh as an active, contributing and responsible member of the United Nations, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has emerged as one of the UN peacekeeping mission leaders, committed to its long-standing “culture of peace” in its efforts to maintain global peace and security.
“Our government has made exemplary progress in implementing the SDGs, increasing women’s empowerment, increasing access to economic and social rights, achieving food security, and reducing inequality,” she said.
“Our economic performance over the last 11 years has been great excellent,” he said. We are on track to become a middle-income country by 2021, a developed country by 2041, and a prosperous delta by 2000. “
“We expect the United Nations to be the most reliable partner for all countries in this changing world of growing challenges and opportunities,” she said, referring to today’s world as different from when the United Nations was founded 75 years ago.
“With a clear and meaningful road map for building the future, the United Nations can be our guide in our efforts to build a secure future, where security and development will be ensured and human rights will be protected,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is committed to working together with the United Nations and the international community to address all common challenges for building a world of peace, sustainability, inclusion, and justice.