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Envoy: Bangladesh working relentlessly to establish inclusive society

  • Published at 01:20 pm February 16th, 2019
Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen File Photo

Ambassador Masud made the remarks at the General Debate of the 57th Commission for Social Development

Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said the government is working relentlessly to establish an inclusive, just and equitable society through addressing inequality.

“The government, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has taken initiatives to address inequality through poverty eradication, access to education, health, employment and social security, and financial inclusion,” he said.

Ambassador Masud made the remarks at the General Debate of the 57th Commission for Social Development (CSocD), held at the UN Headquarters, recently, according to a press release on Saturday.

In his statement, the ambassador also highlighted numerous endeavours of Sheikh Hasina's government, such as: "whole-of-society" approach aiming to “no one is left behind”; advancing women's participation; achieving gender parity in primary and secondary school enrolment; rendering government's support to women and youth to contribute to country's mainstream economic activities and providing equal care to elderly.

The ambassador said Bangladesh has been doing remarkably well in advancing its overall socio-economic development with sustained improvement in the human development index.

"To boost income growth, we recently reviewed twice the minimum wages of our ready-made garments, the largest export earning sector, where women constitute 80% of the 4.5 million workers. Women in Bangladesh are now working side by side their male counterparts in almost every sphere of life," he said.

According to the Global Gender Gap index 2018, Bangladesh has closed over 72% of its overall gender gap, he mentioned.

Theme of the 57th CSocD is "addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies".

Bangladesh is a member of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).

The 57th CSocD commenced on February 11 and will end on February 21.

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