In order to support actions directed towards poverty alleviation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Bangladesh has recently joined the United Nations “Alliance for Poverty Eradication.”
The alliance will focus on efforts to boost the world economy in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Countries would have to collaborate strongly for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that would complement their efforts to eradicate poverty, by ensuring food security and strengthening public health systems,” said Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima while joining the virtual launching of the Alliance in New York.
Ambassador Fatima mentioned several initiatives of the Bangladesh government like the use of ICT, building resilience against climate vulnerabilities, and the promotion of remote banking and agro-marketing that helped millions of people come out of poverty.
She also said the impact of the pandemic could slow down the remarkable poverty alleviation efforts of Bangladesh.
Mentioning that poverty eradication will remain central to its post-pandemic recovery plans, she alluded to the extensive stimulus packages announced by PM Sheikh Hasina aimed at supporting marginalised people and the economy.
She also reflected that the private sector ought to play a role in economic recovery.
It is worth noting that President of General Assembly Tijjani Mohammad Bande took the initiative to form the alliance where a considerable number of member states joined.
The ambassadors of different countries are hopeful that this alliance would provide the platform to build strong partnerships at multilateral levels with the development partners.