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Unesco adopts proposal on Bangabandhu Int'l Award

  • Published at 01:43 pm December 13th, 2020
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's
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This prize will reward global initiatives of youth in the field of the creative economy

The Unesco Executive Board has unanimously adopted a proposal for the establishment of the Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy. 

The prize will reward global initiatives from youths in the field of creative economy 

The proposal was adopted at the plenary of the virtual segment of the 210th Executive Board, according to Unesco. 

Bangladesh is currently celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through year-long programs. 

The 210th Session of the Unesco Executive Board is being held in two segments. The first, virtual segment was held from December 2-11.  

The document with the decision on the proposal has been uploaded to the Unesco website for the Executive Board. 

On behalf of Bangladesh, Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and  Permanent Delegate to Unesco Kazi Imtiaz Hossain conveyed deep appreciation to members of the board for their support of the proposal. 

He also said Bangladesh is strongly committed to multilateralism and believes all present and future challenges, no matter how daunting, can be overcome by building partnerships and working in concert.

The board agreed to adopt all decisions taken during the first segment, and not wait till the completion of the second segment to adopt all the decisions together.  

The second and the final segment of the session will be held in presentia from January 20-27, 2021.  

Earlier, Bangladesh's proposal was considered and approved at the Joint Meeting of the Program and External Relations Commission, and the Finance and Administrative Commission on December 9. 

The Joint Commission had recommended the adoption of the proposal at the plenary. 

The Executive Board recognized the potential of the creative sector to provide young people with economically and environmentally sustainable jobs, in line with the Unesco Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021. 

It also recognized the necessity to encourage women in the creative economy, in line with Unesco's global priority gender equality. 

The Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the creative economy will create a knowledge-sharing mechanism by capturing, celebrating, and communicating best practice in the development of creative entrepreneurship, according to the Unesco document. 

The objectives of the Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy are in line with strategic objective 8 of Unesco's Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 and with the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The prize will be fully managed and administered by Unesco.

Momen: Award will help spread Bangabandhu’s ideology

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award will help spread the ideology of Bangabandhu globally with further internationalisation of his work, life and achievements.

"Bangladesh and Bangabandhu are one and unique which was reflected in the name of the award. This award will play a role in branding Bangladesh and boosting its image globally," he told reporters at his office.

“We are all very proud that a UN Agency has introduced an award in the name of Bangabandhu for the first time,” Dr Momen said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a proposal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and it was sent to UNESCO through Bangladesh Mission in Paris upon approval from the Prime Minister in August 2019, he added.

The award will be given every two years and the prize money will be $50,000. It will be given for the first time at the 41st Unesco General Conference in November next year, the foreign minister said.