Bangladesh an example for others to emulate
Defying all odds, Bangladesh made itself an example for other countries to emulate, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Gwyn Lewis said yesterday while greeting the nation on its 51st Victory Day.
"On the eve of the 51st anniversary of Bangladesh's independence, the United Nations stands with Bangladesh in partnership and wishes all Bangladeshi nationals, in the country and abroad, a very happy Victory Day," she said in a statement.
The UN RC said Bangladesh has been on an extraordinary voyage from being a war and famine-ravaged newborn nation, to its current standing as a UN member state standing at the threshold of LDC graduation, and providing shelter to nearly a million Rohingya refugees.
"Bangladesh's achievements in human development and disaster response, long before it became a middle-income country, made it an example for other countries to emulate," she wrote.
The statement said Bangladesh too has contributed to shaping the UN's development agenda and peace operations globally. Bangladesh has also been a vocal advocate for multilateralism, climate justice and the interests of least developed countries.
It said Bangladesh sponsored the Culture of Peace resolution that was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1999 and it was thanks to Bangladesh's advocacy that the UN General Assembly recognised the International Mother Language Day in 2008.
"Bangladesh's advocacy for the rights of the most vulnerable, and its constitution illustrates the country's determination to be a democracy in which fundamental human rights and freedoms and respect for the dignity and worth of the human person shall be guaranteed," Lewis wrote.