bornomala news, New York (25 September, 2016) :Bangladesh presidency has been highly praised by the representatives of the least developed countries (LDCs) and the friends of LDCs at the annual ministerial meeting of the LDCs, held Saturday at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali chaired the meeting, held on the sideline of the 71st session of the United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA), a foreign ministry release said here today. At the meeting the foreign minister urged the development partners to deliver on their commitments in every sector and provide the LDCs with the support crucial for the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals including the SDGs and IPoA.
He also called for increased investment in the LDCs in infrastructure, energy, agriculture, information and communication technology and skill, development of the weaker section of the society with emphasis on youth and women. “Bangladesh is rapidly marching towards the middle income threshold in consonance with its vision 2021 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” the foreign minister told the meeting.
The meeting was attended by a large number of ministers, senior gove
rnment and UN officials, and permanent representatives including the permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen. Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson and president of the 71st general assembly Peter Thomson also spoke at the meeting. Eliasson emphasized on implementation of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants when Thomson called on all governments to make sure that the SDGs are mainstreamed through national education systems. The meeting adopted the ministerial declaration that contains a number of concrete recommendations for addressing the challenges faced by the LDCs.
While concluding the meeting, Bangladesh State Minister of Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has said that an enhanced resource package, Technology Bank, remittances and strong resilience are essential for achieving 2030 Agenda and the IPoA. The flagship UN report on the “State of the Least Developed Countries 2016” was launched in the meeting by the Under Secretary-General and High Representative Gyan Chandra Acharya.