by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the United Nations to formulate a credible and practical roadmap for delivering on commitments and addressing the global challenges.
She made the call while delivering a statement at the special session of the 75th UN general assembly, which kicked off in New York on Monday.
Hasina joined the virtual session of the UN event from Dhaka like the others head of states from their own capitals as the UN in its history for the first time arranged the general assembly virtually because of the global pandemic of novel coronavirus.
She said the global forum needs to take up the right course towards its centenary and beyond.
It should provide a credible and practical roadmap for delivering its commitments, Hasina said calling upon the UN members not to allow “geopolitical rivalries” to weaken the world body.
“… we owe it to the founding fathers and future generations to make the UN a truly effective global body for humankind as a whole,” she told the session titled “Mark the 75th Anniversary of United Nations”.
“We have seen moments in history that made us re-group to change the course of human civilization. [email protected] presents another such moment. Let’s seize this moment.”
Hasina said the current global pandemic of novel coronavirus has made the UN’s agenda more challenging as they were set to achieve by 2030.
The pandemic has shown both developed and developing nations need the UN more than ever and multilateralism is the way forward, she added.
Bangladesh owes a lot to the UN as the country has benefitted from UN-led efforts for the developments, she said adding that Bangladesh was contributing to the UN in fulfilling its mandates.
She reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to uphold peace across the world as the South Asian country is currently contributing the highest number of troops and members of the police forces in UN peacekeeping missions.
She recalled the sacrifice by some 150 Bangladeshi soldiers, who died in the conflict-ravaged countries, to ensure global peace.
Hasina said the UN’s 75th commemoration bears special significance to Bangladesh as it coincides with the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
She quoted Mujibur’s 1974 statement at the UN assembly that “United Nations remains the focus of man’s hope for the future” and said that it encapsulates Bangladesh’s abiding faith and confidence in the UN and multilateralism.
Hasina commended UN Secretary-General for keeping the flag of multilateralism high. The theme of the 75th UNGA is “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism”.