Bangladesh making rapid progress: Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said Bangladesh is rapidly advancing towards development with success in several sectors.

He made the remarks while addressing a reception accorded to newly-appointed UN Under Secretary General Ameerah Haq at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York on Thursday, according to a message received here on Friday.

“In overall consideration, Bangladesh is marching towards development in women's empowerment, women's development, unemployment mitigation, employment generation and rural development,” Ban Ki-moon said, adding that the appointment of Bangladeshi citizen Ameerah Haq as the Under Secretary General bears the testimony of another success of Bangladesh.

Hailing the marked success of Bangladeshi soldiers in UN Peacekeeping Missions across the world, the UN Secretary-General said the training programme of Rajendrapur Peace Building Institute impressed him during his visit to Bangladesh.

Praising Ban Ki-moon for his important role in different fields, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Dr AK Abdul Momen said the United Nations is working for fighting the adverse impact of climate change, ensuring food security, spreading education, women development, creating employment opportunities for youths, disaster management and disarmament.

He also urged the UN to take steps for the infrastructure development of developing countries, including Bangladesh.

Ameerah Haq praised achievements of Bangladesh in various fields.

She mentioned the social safety network programme and national guarantee service scheme for employment taken by the Bangladesh government as well as its rapid response to any international activity.

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