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PM Hasina for coordinated UN conventions for disaster reduction

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has laid importance on a smooth coordination among various UN conventions and agreements on disaster management for a sustainable development of the countries under the UN framework.

 “Bangladesh would be a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041 if development plans can be taken through coordination of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ with S Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” she said.

The prime minister maid the assertion while replying to tabled question from female lawmaker Selina Begum during prime minister’s weekly question-answer session in parliament today (Wednesday).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are UN agenda adopted in September 2015 for broad range of sustainable development through poverty reduction, improving health, education, combating climate change and protecting environment.

The Sendai Framework framed in March 2015, is a 15-year voluntary, non-binding agreement of UN member countries recognizing that the state has the primary role in reducing disaster risk but responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

Paris Agreement is a pact signed by UN member countries in 2015 aimed at stopping the rise in average temperature above pre-industrial level to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is a vulnerable country to climate change due to its geographic location. Bangladesh is not responsible for the climate change, but a worst victim.

Pointing out the steps taken by her government for disaster management, the prime minister said the Awami League government in 1997 had formulated Standing Order of Disaster (SOD) to expedite the disaster management activities.

She said infrastructural development works to address disasters as well as voluntary activities and participation of local people in disaster management programmes have made Bangladesh a role model of disaster management.

Bangladesh has been honoured with “Champions of the Earth” award in recognition to the dedicated services of the people of the country towards environment protection, she said adding, “So the award has been dedicated to the countrymen.

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