Sep 27, 2021


HPM Sheikh Hasina conferred with UN’s SDG Progress Award, calls for a fresh roadmap for the ones left behind

UN-sponsored Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has conferred HPM Sheikh Hasina with "SDG Progress Award" for Bangladesh's steady course in responding to the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all. Led by prominent economist and development strategist Professor Jeffrey D Sachs, SDSN was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary General. The event's moderator introduced Sheikh Hasina as the "jewel in the crown of the day" while Sachs appreciated her leadership in spearheading the SDG campaign even during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has highly appreciated HPM Sheikh Hasina for her leadership in securing “tremendous” gains on different development and human indicators set out under SDGs.

HPM Sheikh Hasina addresses UNGA, calls for calls for universal access to vaccines, more incentives for LDC graduation

While addressing the General Debate of the 76th UNGA last week, the Honourable Prime Minister(HPM) of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina also called upon the development partners to provide more incentives to facilitate a sustainable LDC graduation and urged migrant receiving countries to treat expatriate workers fairly and protect their job, health, and well-being during these trying times. She also sought enhanced focus and active support of the international community to find a durable solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis. Moreover, the premier called upon the rich and industrialised countries to cut emissions, compensate for the loss and damage, and ensure adequate financing and technology transfer for adaptation and resilience building to fight the adverse impact of climate change.

UN chief credits Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's 'development and humanity', HPM plants tree, unveils bench dedicated to Bangabandhu at UN garden

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has heaped praise on Bangladesh for its 'miraculous' development success and humanitarian contributions. His remarks came during a meeting with HPM Sheikh Hasina at the UN headquarters in New York last week. The UN chief also lauded the leadership of Hasina for Bangladesh's success while the Bangladesh premier underlined the hardships the South Asian country has had to face along the way. Moreover, HPM Sheikh Hasina planted a honey locust tree and unveiled a bench at UN gardens and dedicated these to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his birth centenary. She planted the deciduous tree at the North Lawn of the United Nations Headquarters.

HPM Hasina seeks stronger steps to address ‘planetary emergency’

Renewing her call for strict implementation of the Paris Agreement, HPM Sheikh Hasina has asked global leaders to take stronger steps urgently to address the planetary emergency of climate change. The Bangladesh premier also placed six-point proposal before the global leaders as the COP-26 is just few months away. She addressed a closed-door leaders’ meeting arranged for a small group of heads of state and governments on Climate Change held at Trusteeship Council of the UN Headquarters last week. She mentioned that the recent IPCC report has provided a grim picture about their future. “If the global temperature goes above 1.5 degree Celsius, they’ll face permanent damages. The international community has a special responsibility to support these countries in their adaptation and mitigation efforts.”

HPM Sheikh Hasina outlines three point proposal for ensuring gender equality

While addressing a high level meeting on Women Leaders, convened by the President of the General Assembly, HPM Sheikh Hasina laid special emphasis on forming a Women Leaders' Network as it can act as a force to ensure gender equality. "It is greatly empowering to be with you all. I strongly feel that we can establish a Women Leaders' Network which can bring us together, not just for one-off meetings, but to act as a force to ensure real actions to achieve gender equality," she said. HPM Sheikh Hasina in her maiden proposal said, "I commend you for founding the Advisory Board on Gender Equality. This now needs to be localized. We need gender champions at every level, especially at the grass roots level, and we can lead by example." Secondly, she said that the women-led organizations need to be nurtured and supported with sufficient political and financial means. Thirdly, she said, "I invite you to convene a leaders' summit to reinforce our common agenda for gender equality. All leaders - not just us - should join and present concrete commitments for advancing gender equality."

Time for action, not words, rhetoric: HPM Sheikh Hasina tells global community over Rohingya crisis

HPM Sheikh Hasina has urged the global community to turn their "words and rhetoric" over the Rohingya crisis into actions to reach a desired solution to the protracted problem. "We need to go beyond words and rhetoric to have tangible actions to reach a desired outcome which is also the cherished desire of the Rohingyas. Bangladesh will continue to work with all until this solution comes," she said. The PM was addressing a high-level side event on "Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (Rohingya) Crisis: Imperatives for a Sustainable Solution" in New York last week. Bangladesh arranged the event, while eight other countries, including the UK, Ireland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, cosponsored it.

Unique Covid response in Bangladesh, lowest virus case in seven months

As the world is learning from the most successful strategies for containing Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh has something to show. With calculative decision-making when it comes to imposing lockdowns, increasing the capacity of testing as well as quarantine, mask use campaign, vaccination, strengthening health system, and economic support, Bangladesh has contained the Covid-19 pandemic for now. Moreover, the current positivity rate of coronavirus stands at 5.62% which is the lowest in around seven months. The overall positivity rate stands at 16.35%. Moreover, around five million more doses of the Sinopharm vaccine of Covid-19 arrived in Dhaka from China in the early hours of last Thursday.

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