Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the world leaders to take more effective steps for stopping wars and conflicts in different parts of world and allow the UN to play a greater role in establishing global peace.
Addressing a commemorative event marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh's historic admission to the United Nations held here, she also urged the world leaders to further enhance the capacity of the United Nations to effectively respond to wars, conflicts and armed violence.
Affirming that Bangladesh is in the frontline of a movement for ending the culture of impunity to perpetrators of crimes against humanity, she said, “In principle, we’re in the frontline of a movement to ensure the trial of crimes against humanity and remove the culture of impunity.”
On this day in 1974, Bangladesh earned its membership at the UN as an independent and sovereign State.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN Country Team Bangladesh jointly organized the program.
Observing that wars and violence create a humanitarian crisis, the Prime Minister called for taking effective steps to stop such crises now prevailing in different parts of the world.
Laying emphasis on working together to uphold human values, she said all need to work for creating a culture of peace so that the hostilities triggered by wars could be deleted from people’s memories.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed Bangladesh’s strong commitment towards international peace and security saying Bangladesh wants peace as it never wants any kind of war and violence.
About the international war on terrorism, Hasina said Bangladesh, as a peace-loving country, wants to play its due role and work together with the international community.
She said the government would continue to cooperate with the international accountability mechanism to make sure zero tolerance for human rights violation in society.
Hasina also strongly condemned the recent Israeli barbaric attacks on Palestinians and indiscriminate killing of women and children in Gaza and expressed her full solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Denouncing the silence of the ‘world conscience’ in such violation of human rights, Hasina said after Bangladesh’s independence, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his diplomatic far sightedness had taken initiatives to earn the UN membership alongside developing the war-ravaged newly born country.
As a result, Bangladesh had been able to achieve its entry into the world body as its 136th member in only two and a half years’ time which was historic event for the nation, she said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker and eminent academician and former President of the UN Association of Bangladesh Prof Salauddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam delivered the welcome address at the programme held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed prizes among the winners in the art competition that was orgnaised for the physically-challenged children.
She unveiled the stamp and commemorative first day cover marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh's admission to the United Nations.
Later, she enjoyed a colorful cultural progarmme performed by the children of Bangladesh Shishu Academy.
Allow UN to play a greater role for global peace: PM