Bangladesh pledges to fund UN peace-building missions

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DHAKA, Jan 27, 2021 (BSS) – Bangladesh has pledged fund to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions as part of Dhaka’s strong political commitment to peace building process across the world.

“The financial contribution of Bangladesh to the peace-building fund, despite COVID-19 related austerity measures, signals our strong political commitment to global peace,” said Bangladesh Permanent Representative (PR) to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima.

She said this contribution is made in addition to Bangladesh’s invaluable support to the peacekeeping operations and the peace-building architecture of the UN.

The Bangladesh PR was speaking at the High Level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund held virtually on Tuesday, according to a press release received here today.

She also reiterated the concern of the UN Secretary General at the perennial funding gap in peace-building and called for urgent attention of international community to the issue of such financing.

The Conference was convened by Secretary General Antonio Guterres along with governments of Canada, Germany, Sierra Leone and Sudan, to generate financial contributions to the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).

Referring to recently adopted twin resolutions on peacebuilding and sustaining peace which decided to convene a high-level meeting during the 76th General Assembly, Fatima said that Bangladesh would support all international efforts to mobilize critical resources for the PBF.

She underscored that despite negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of many countries including Bangladesh, it is important to continue supporting peacebuilding efforts in the conflict affected countries, in accordance with their national priorities.

Bangladesh envoy underlined the importance of capacity building of national institutions in the conflict affected countries to help them sustain the positive outcomes of the peacebuilding.

The Conference was inaugurated by UN Secretary-General, President of Sierra Leone, Prime Minister of Sudan and Foreign Ministers of Canada and Germany. Over 50 Foreign Ministers from all regions participated in the meeting.