Saturday, 19 May 2018

Major Achievements of Bangladesh in International Affairs

Bangladesh in the global arena
# 21st February is being observed in the world as the International Mother Language Day (recognized by the UNESCO on November 17, 1999).

# The UNESCO acknowledged the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu as a world documentary heritage on October 30, 2017.

# Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received Champions of the Earth (the highest environmental accolade of the UN) in recognition of far-reaching initiatives to address climate change (2015). 

# Three Bangladeshis - Tulip Siddiq, Rushanara Ali and Rupa Huq - made it to the House of Commons (Labour Party). The British parliament has 3 lawmakers with roots in Bangladesh for the first time (2015).

# Muhammad Yunus, as well as Grameen Bank, got the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. It was awarded to "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below".
Bangladesh has introduced the concept of micro-credit and it is a house of the largest NGO in the world (BRAC) and Nobel prize winner NGO (Grameen Bank). Their techniques and methods are being replicated across the world.

# For the contributions to increase the world's production and distribution of food to those most in need, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (BRAC founder and chairperson) was honoured as the World Food Prize Laureate (2015).

# Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (Brac Founder and Chairperson) has been selected as one of “The World's 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine (2017).

# Bangladesh is the 2nd contributor of military and police to UN Peacekeeping (2018).

# In reducing air pollution, Rajshahi outperformed every other city in the world (WHO, 2016).

# Bangladesh achieved the poverty alleviation target 3 years before the stipulated time. Bangladesh already met the MDG goals for increasing the rate of universal primary education, poverty alleviation, decreasing infant mortality and improving maternal health care.

# According to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2017, Bangladesh has been ranked the third most peaceful country in South Asia.

# According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2017 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Bangladesh has topped the South Asian countries in gender equality for the 3rd consecutive year, ranking 47th among 144 nations.

# Dr Maqsudul Alam and his team disclosed/ decoded genome sequence of jute in 2010.

# On November 18, 2015, Wasfia Nazreen became the first Bangladeshi to climb the mountain peaks of all 7 continents (the Seven Summits).

# Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited is the 1st Bangladeshi company to export medicines to Canada (2017).

# According to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18, Bangladesh has been ranked the 99th most competitive economy in the world.

# For innovative use of ICT in the field of education (“Online School” project), Jaago Foundation got “The 2016 Unesco King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize”.

# After Jamdani sari, hilsa has been recognized as a geographical indication (GI) product of Bangladesh (2017).

# In 2017, UNESCO included the Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity. Besides Shital Pati (4th ICH from Bangladesh recognised by the Unesco), Mangal Shobhajatra (3rd) on Pahela Baishakh, the traditional art of Jamdani weaving (2nd) and Baul songs (1st) received the recognition.


References:
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/02/09/bangladeshi-scientists-work-disclosing-genome-sequence-of-jute-gets-us-recognition
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/rajshahi-bangladesh-city-air-pollution-won
https://ich.unesco.org/en/state/bangladesh-BD

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