Bangladesh’s resolution entitled “Natural Plant Fibres and Sustainable Development” has been adopted by consensus in the plenary of the second committee of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
In September, the resolution was tabled before this committee and adopted on Thursday, said the Bangladesh Mission at the UN.
This is the first resolution in the UNGA that features the challenges as well as the potential of jute and other natural plant fibres as economically viable, socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable agricultural products.
The resolution primarily focuses on jute and other natural fibers such as Abaca, Coir, Kenaf, Sisal, Hemp and Ramie which are lesser known to the international community and reiterates that the promotion of these fibres would contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
During the resolution adoption, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said Bangladesh took the lead in highlighting the potential economic, social and environmental benefits of the natural plant fibres such as jute, which is fondly called the “Golden Fibre” in Bangladesh.
After the resolution adoption, in front of the UNHQs Building Ambassador Masud briefed journalists about how this resolution would help Bangladesh.
He said this resolution would pave the way for a stronger, effective and efficient “global value chain” for jute and other natural fibre products.
“If the demand for jute and jute products increases in the global market, Bangladesh’s jute growers and traders will get competitive prices.”
He added, “Our primary objective is to promote jute. To bring all the countries on board, we have broadened the scope of the resolution which includes other natural plant fibres such as Abaca, Coir, Kenaf, Sisal, Hemp and Ramie. We need the support of the international community in our first ever attempt to promote jute”.