PM's peace model to be placed in UN

The peace model put forward by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be placed at the development discourse in the United Nations, says Indian Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh.

"Bangladesh's achievement in social sector is superior to many countries including India and it achieved it with low economic performance," Ramesh said at the concluding joint press conference on international conference on People's Empowerment and Development at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel on Monday.

The Indian minister said Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would replace Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015 and SDGs would be applicable to all countries.

"MDGs are imposed and only for developing countries, but SDGs would make all countries accountable for their deeds."


The two-day conference generated a lot of suggestions and Bangladesh mission in New York would circulate a draft to all UN members for their opinions, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.

"After the draft is endorsed by the members, it will be submitted to the UN Secretary General and placed in the next UN General Assembly in September," she said.

"We organised the conference as per a UN resolution taken by members and the next course of action will also be decided by the members," she said.

Hasina presented her peace model at the 66th UNGA last year to address the key issue of empowerment and development.

In the conference, seven thematic issues were discussed by participants from 62 countries, Moni said.

The issues are eradication of poverty and hunger, reduction of inequality, mitigation of deprivation, creation of jobs for all, inclusion of excluded people, acceleration of human development and fighting terrorism.


Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris said SAARC countries could share intelligence to fight terrorism.

The Indian minister Ramesh said people's empowerment was an effective tool to neutralise terrorism.

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