Bangladesh joins UN Alliance for Poverty Eradication

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Low income people take position in Dhaka’s major streets waiting for people to come and provide some relief for them during the nationawide shutdown beacause of coronavirus pandemic Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

A considerable number of countries joined the alliance, says the Bangladesh Mission in the UN  

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima has said countries will have to collaborate strongly for a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said this will complement their efforts to eradicate poverty, by ensuring food security and strengthening public health systems as Bangladesh joins the United Nations Alliance for Poverty Eradication.

Ambassador Rabab Fatima made the remarks at the virtual launching of the UN Alliance for Poverty Eradication in New York on Tuesday, reports UNB.

President of General Assembly Tijjani Mohammad Bande took the initiative to create the alliance for galvanizing the member states, the international organizations, and other stakeholders to support actions geared towards poverty eradication and implementation of the SDGs.

A considerable number of countries joined the alliance, said the Bangladesh Mission in the UN on Wednesday. 

While announcing her country’s joining the alliance, the permanent repetitive of Bangladesh held out the “people-centric” and “inclusive” poverty eradication policies of Bangladesh that contributed to its significant reduction of poverty.

She mentioned the government’s several initiatives including investment in building resilience against climate vulnerabilities, the use of ICT, and the promotion of mobile and remote banking and agro-marketing that helped millions of people to come out of poverty.  

However, Ambassador Fatima expressed her apprehension that the impact of the pandemic, particularly the disruption in the global supply chain and low remittances might slow down the country’s remarkable poverty alleviation efforts. 

Mentioning that poverty eradication would remain central to its post coronavirus recovery plans, the permanent repetitive alluded to the extensive stimulus packages of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the extended social safety net programs aiming at supporting its marginalized people and the economy particularly the hardest hit industries and agriculture sectors. 

She also reflected that the private sector should play a complementing role in the economic recovery from the pandemic.

The ambassadors of a significant number of countries expressed the concern that the Covid-19 pandemic might push millions of people to poverty and impede the implementation of the SDGs as resources were diverted to meet the emergency health crisis. 

They expressed hope that the UN Alliance for Poverty Eradication would provide the platform to forge strong partnerships at the multilateral level and with the development partners.

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