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Huge investments required to address challenges of BD, similar countries: Envoy

Huge investments required to address challenges of BD, similar countries: Envoy

Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen. Photo: Collected

Dhaka, July 21 : Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen has said countries like Bangladesh face “enormous challenges” where tackling inequality and creating decent jobs is a real challenge.

“We will have to adopt policies to reform our education and skill development sector so that the jobs created by the new technologies can be availed and the benefits of the technological change are shared broadly,” he said while addressing at a high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council.

This will indeed require huge investments, he added, also stressing the need to address the frequent and severe impacts of climate change.

The Economic and Social Council on Thursday concluded its high-level segment adopting a sweeping Ministerial Declaration approved a day earlier by the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

By a vote of 46 in favour to 1 against (United States), with no abstentions, the Council reaffirmed its commitment to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for all people, everywhere, according to the UN headquarters.

Ambassador Momen said various initiatives adopted by Bangladesh to track the successes of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

He said Bangladesh has adopted “a whole‑of‑society” approach to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Creating a knowledge-based society using information and communications technology (ICT) is a major priority, he said, adding that his nation has been investing a lot to transform itself into a “digital Bangladesh”.

However, there are enormous challenges facing developing countries like Bangladesh, he continued.

“As we uphold the 2030 Agenda, let us not forget how we are all united around a historic agreement of unprecedented ambition,” said Liu Zhenmin, Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs.

He welcomed that the General Assembly would soon decide to refocus the Council’s high-level segment on long-term trends and scenarios.

The adoption was preceded by two separate recorded votes to retain two operative paragraphs in the Declaration:  one calling for the removal of obstacles to the realization of the right of self-determination for peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation, and the other stating that efforts would continue to promote a universal, rules-based multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization.

The Council also concluded the general debate of its high-level segment, with speakers welcoming proposed sweeping reforms to the United Nations development system, warning of the impact of climate change, and calling for faster implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Many emphasized the importance of a multilateral approach to development, with some warning that unilateralism could undermine progress thus far.