Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon parliamentarians across the globe to work together to reduce disparities and fight militancy to make the world an abode of mutual compassion and fraternity.
Hasina made the call while inaugurating a five-day gathering of the parliamentarians from more than 120 countries as they are poised to debate issues of common concerns at the 136th Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union in Dhaka.
“The world, no doubt, is moving forward, and visible progress has also been made in hunger situation. But, nearly 800 million people still suffer from malnutrition,” she said.
She emphasized togetherness for fighting against terrorism and militancy as the vices posed threat to push back the world to the dark era.
The Bangladeshi leader’s call came at a time when her country is being threatened by derailed Islamists after series of attacks on the secularist bloggers, academics, rights activists, academics and foreign nationals in the past years.
Terming terrorism as the new vices for humanity, she said the menaces are costing human lives, and peace is seriously impeded.
“We have to fight this menaces together; otherwise, we would be pushed back to the Dark Age,” she said.
As Bangladesh one of the most vulnerable countries to global warming, Hasina urged the top polluters to meet without delay their commitments made in different forums for carbon offsetting.
On disparities, she said a large number of children of the developing nations suffer from stunted growth owing to lack of nutrition and lack of healthcare.
“But the earth is filled with enough resources for survival of mankind. A little sympathy, support, mutual compassion and fraternity can make the globe hunger-free easily,” Hasina said.
Bangladesh arranged the assembly for the first time after its joining the IPU in 1972. Nearly 1,400 delegates, including 53 speakers, deputy speakers and 209 women parliamentarians from 120 countries, have joined the event.
IPU, a forum of world’s legislators, is a focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue for peace, development, and cooperation among peoples, and for the safeguard of representative democracy.
The five-day assembly is being held in Dhaka with theme- ‘Redressing Inequalities: Delivering on Dignity and Well being for all.”
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Children’s Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi will present the keynote paper of the conference on the topic.
Hasina said she was deeply honoured for the opportunity to inaugurate the IPU conference. “Hosting of the conference is a matter of great honour for us,” she said adding that Bangladesh values its association with IPU and is proud of its democratic heritage.
Speaker of Bangladesh parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Chairperson of IPU Saber Hossain Chowdhury and Secretary General Martin Chungong also spoke on the occasion.