Bangladesh reiterates its strong political commitment to UN peacekeeping
Staff Reporter: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima reiterated Bangladesh’s deep commitment to the peacebuilding and sustaining peace efforts of the UN. She was speaking at the High Level Replenishment Conference held virtually on Tuesday (26 January).The Conference was convened by Secretary General Antonio Guterres along with governments of Canada, Germany, Sierra Leone and Sudan, to generate financial contributions to the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).
Bangladesh announced a pledge to the Fund. “The financial contribution of Bangladesh to the peacebuilding fund, despite COVID-19 related austerity measures, signals our strong political commitment to global peace,” said Ambassador Fatima. This contribution is made in addition to Bangladesh’s invaluable support to the peacekeeping operations and the peacebuilding architecture of the UN.
Bangladesh PR reiterated the concern of the UN Secretary General at the perennial funding gap in peacebuilding and called for urgent attention of international community to the issue of peacebuilding financing. Bangladesh PR also referred to the recently adopted twin resolutions on peacebuilding and sustaining peace which decided to convene a high-level meeting during the 76th General Assembly, and added that Bangladesh would support all international efforts to mobilize critical resources for the PBF.
Bangladesh Ambassador underscored that despite negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of many countries including Bangladesh, it is important to continue supporting peacebuilding efforts in the conflict affected countries, in accordance with their national priorities. The Bangladesh Ambassador underlined the importance of capacity building of national institutions in the conflict affected countries to help them sustain the positive outcomes of the peacebuilding.
Stressing the critical importance of peacebuilding fund in creating an inclusive society, she said, “Dividends must be enjoyed equally by all segments of the society, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnicity and gender.”
The High-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund was organized to mobilize voluntary contributions for the 2020-24 Investment Strategy of the Peacebuilding Fund. The Conference was inaugurated by UN Secretary-General, President of Sierra Leone, Prime Minister of Sudan and Foreign Ministers of Canada and Germany. Over 50 Foreign Ministers from all regions participated in the meeting.
Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN represented the Government of Bangladesh in the Conference.