Foreign Minister calls for strengthened international support architecture for the Asia-Pacific LDCs
Geneva, 31 August 2021 :
Foreign Minister Abdul Momen called for stronger policies and support measures for the LDCs and urged the global community for a new international support architecture for the LDCs and also for the graduating LDCs at the High-level opening session of the 4-day Asia-Pacific Regional Review Meeting, jointly convened yesterday by Bangladesh government, UN-OHRLLS and UN-ESCAP at the UN Headquarters in Geneva in preparation for the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC-5) to be held in Qatar in January.
While Speaking at the event, Dr. Momen lauded the remarkable progress made by the majority of the LDCs of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in reducing poverty and investing in human resources and infrastructure. He shared the graduation story of Bangladesh under the dynamic, bold and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that has witnessed per capita income reaching at $2,227 and reduction of poverty to 20.5 per cent.
Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN in New York chaired the opening session, while several high-level speakers including Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly, Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the ECOSOC, Eisenhower Mkaka, Foreign Minister of Malawi and Chair of the LDCs and Faruk Kaymakci, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey spoke on this event.
Foreign Minister Momen also chaired one session of the regional review meeting, titled “Ministerial dialogue on lessons learned in the implementation of the IPoA-challenges encountered and the way forward”. During the day, he also held meetings with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Daren Tang, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at their offices in Geneva yesterday.
Bangladesh has been playing an active leadership role in the multilateral fora on behalf of the LDCs. In recognition of that, Ambassador Rabab Fatima, along with Ambassador Bob Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN in New York, was elected co-chair of the LDC-5 Preparatory Committee bureau, a key committee that will lead preparations for the LDC-5 conference. As a Co-Chair, Bangladesh will have the opportunity to move forward some of its key priorities, including sustainable graduation and international support measures for graduation.