In 2013, Bangladesh got the South-South Award for its noteworthy achievement in poverty reduction as well as ensuring food security for the people. Indeed, Bangladesh's success is remarkable not only in achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 -- eradicating extreme poverty and hunger -- much before the targeted timeframe of 2015, but also in MDG2 (achieving universal primary education), MDG3 (promoting gender equality and empowering women), MDG4 (reducing child mortality rates), MDG5 (improving maternal health), and MDG6 (combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases).
Bangladesh created the world's largest 'human national flag' with an unofficial count of 27,117 people at the National Parade Ground in the city on Victory day by breaking the record set up by Pakistan in 2012.
Two of the world's most disaster-prone countries, Bangladesh and Brazil, on March 22, shared the biennial UN-Sasakawa Award which was presented to the laureates by the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The last batch of international friends including nine organisations was honoured. Bangladesh has so far honoured a total of 338 foreign nationals and organisations for their role in support of our War of Liberation.
In 2013 Bangladesh got its first woman Speaker of Jatiyo Sangshad. At 46 she is also the youngest to assume the office. She previously served as the State Minister of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
By using nanotechnology Bangladeshi girl Ayesha Arefin Tumpa has invented artificial human lung. She is currently doing doctoral in nano-science at University of New Mexico.
On November 18, Bangladesh received climate change initiative award 'Lighthouse Activities 2013' under the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for its outstanding contribution to climate change adaptation and women's leadership.
Twelve eminent personalities and an organisation received Ekushey Padak 2013 in recognition of their contribution in different fields.
Eight personalities, including Speaker Abdul Hamid, late Freedom Fighter MA Hannan and late composer Satya Saha were awarded Independence Awards for the year 2013.
Bangladesh, the 8th most populous country in the world with about 160 million people, was applauded as an exceptional health performer. In its first ever series on Bangladesh after similar studies on China, India, Pakistan and Africa, the journal says the mobilisation of communities, gender equity, and a commitment to universal healthcare are some of the lessons that others can learn from Bangladesh to make a difference.
Maqsudul Alam a Bangladeshi American Scientist achieved four milestones in genomics - sequencing the genomes of Papaya, Rubber, Jute and Fungus.
Bangladeshi child rights activist Keshab Roy from Nilphamari has achieved “Youth Courage Award” of the UN for his relentless struggle to resist child marriage, and to prevent students from becoming school dropouts in his area.
In the first Test against New Zealand in October 2013, Gazi scored his maiden test century, remaining unbeaten on 101 as Bangladesh hit 501 in reply to New Zealand's 469. He followed this up with a hat-trick in New Zealand's innings, dismissing Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell to become history to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same Test match.
The multi-institutional team, led by UCSF Professor Shuvo Roy, have announced that his team has developed the first ever implantable artificial kidney that can be powered by the human body's circulatory system. It's an epoch making invention for the humanity.
According to a Hollywood reporter" Mostofa Sarwar Farooki could be the next South-east Asian filmmaker to break out”. We want to believe that he will. His film 'Television' had received a number of noteworthy awards including Netpac Award and Asia Pacific Screen Award.