UN Resident Coordinator Lewis visits Dhakeshwari temple, hopes for peaceful Durga Puja celebrations
A team led by UN Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis today visited the Dhakeshwari Temple in the city, highlighting the importance of cultural diversity and harmony, and expressed hope for peaceful celebrations this year.
The UN in a statement said last year's Durga Puja was unfortunately marred by violence. The statement also added that the UN in Bangladesh works to promote empathy and inclusion in the spirit of Agenda 2030's promise to "Leave No One Behind".
"The UN said the Durga Puja festival celebrations will begin in October, and the visit was an opportunity to meet with religious groups to better understand the significance of this important celebration."
Unesco Officer-in-charge Dr Susan Vize and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Van Nguyen also joined the visit in continuation of UN Bangladesh's commemoration of International Day of Peace on 21st September.
After being welcomed and greeted by the temple's officials, Lewis had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) and prominent members of the Hindu community.
The team was guided through the temple and its neighborhood where people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds cohabit peacefully.