Dhaka – Bangladeshi cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor has been elected president of an international body on cultural diversity for the next two years.
Noor, a leading cultural personality of the country, was elected the head of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection of Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expression at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, on Tuesday.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency reported that 114 144 signatories to the convention concerning cultural diversity of 2005 and many observer States and NGO representatives attended a conference ahead of election.
A delegation led by Cultural Minister attended the conference.
Noor thanked the delegations and reiterated Bangladesh’s abiding commitment to protect cultural diversity with particular emphasis on linguistic diversity.
He referred to the sacrifice by the people of Bangladesh in 1952 for upholding their right to speak their mother tongue Bangla.
The minister said Minister Sheikh Hasina had taken initiatives to establish International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka as a UNESCO Category II Institute dedicated to the protection and promotion of all mother languages of the world.
During the conference, M Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO announced Bangladesh Government’s decision to donate $10,000 to UNESCO for supporting developing countries to strengthen cultural and creative industries for sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The other members of the delegation included Surayya Akhtar Jahan, Cultural Adviser, Farhana Ahmed Chowdhury, First Secretary and Saimon Zakaria, Assistant Director of Bangla Academy.