The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith has been elected vice-chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, reports UNB.
Bangladesh led the commission for a year as chair after being elected in 2022.
Ambassador Muhith handed over the chairmanship to the permanent representative of Croatia, who has been elected as the chair for 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The members of the commission also elected Germany as a vice-chair along with Bangladesh.
During the handover ceremony, the members of the commission commended Bangladesh for its extraordinary work as the chair of the commission.
They lauded Bangladesh’s ambitious work plan for the commission and its effective implementation which has made the commission a centre of the UN’s prevention framework.
The members also appreciated the achievement of the commission during Bangladesh’s chairmanship in strengthening its advisory role vis-a-vis the Security Council, prioritizing the UN’s coherence and impact on the ground, implementing Women, Peace and Security agenda, and expanding the Commission’s partnership base including by engaging with the regional development banks.
Ambassador Muhith thanked them for their support and cooperation in successfully leading the commission in 2022.
Referring to Bangladesh’s success stories in “turning a war-ravaged nation from ground zero to a contributing member of the UN,” Ambassador Muhith reiterated his country’s full commitment to support countries undergoing transition, including by continuing to serve in UN peacekeeping operations.
The Peacebuilding Commission is an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries.
The commission is composed of 31 member states, elected from the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and top financial and troops contributing countries to the United Nations system.
Bangladesh has been a member of the commission since its inception in 2005 and had earlier served the commission as chair in 2012 and as vice-chair in 2015.