Bangladesh on Sunday laid emphasis on close cooperation among nations in terms of peace-building to achieve the goals of having inclusive society for sustainable development.
‘Inclusive society for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels - achieving those goals demands close cooperation between nations in terms of peace-building,’ said Dipu Moni on Sunday at a conference in the capital.
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
Dipu Moni, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on ministry of foreign affairs, this implies that both developing and developed nations now have ‘collective responsibilities’ to collaborate and combine efforts in this regard.
The former foreign minister was addressing as chief guest at the inaugural session of a two-day international conference on ‘Bangladesh in International Peace-building: Experience from Japan’ in the capital.
Japanese ambassador in Dhaka Hiroyasu Izumi spoke as special guest at the event organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies in collaboration with the Japan Foundation at BIISS auditorium.
UN resident coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo, Professor Hideaki Shinoda and BIISS director general Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman also spoke at first two sessions with BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad in the chair.
Dipu Moni said Japan is one of the leading countries in the international peace-building process and Japan has been the most important partner of Bangladesh in its peace-building endeavors.
She said the BIISS and Japan have exchanged several visits to enhance its capacity and its capability.
Besides Japan, she said, Bangladesh is communicating with other countries like Sweden, Canada and Australia who have developed significant capacity in peace-building.
Dipu Moni laid emphasis on enhancing its peace-building capacities through learning from others.
She said Bangladesh’s participation in the UN peacekeeping is an important manifestation of the country’s commitment to peace.
Dipu Moni said Bangladesh started participating in the UN peacekeeping operations in 1988 and since then Bangladesh’s men and women, armed forces and police have been performing its responsibilities very successfully with UN peacekeeping missions.
The United Nations recognises this achievement with great importance and preached it in various media.
Dipu Moni said peace-building is a process that facilitate the establishment of durable peace and prevents reoccurrences of violence by addressing root causes of conflicts through reconciliation, institution building and political as well as economic transformation.
She said the main components of peace-building include reducing weapons, restoring rule of law and public administration, creating legitimate that is democratic and accountable state institutions and rebuilding communication networks at all levels.
In different sessions, speakers noted that Bangladesh remains one of the top contributors to the UN peace-building efforts, and the country’s peace-related activities have expanded over the years to
include civilian participation facilitating institution building in the post-conflict states.
Given the depth and breadth of the issue, they said, peace-building has been included in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
As a peace-loving and responsible international actor, speakers said, Japan contributes enormously to international peace-building endeavors and it has actively engaged in addressing various issues and challenges confronting the global community.
As the country has played an instrumental role in international peace-building, speakers, opined that Bangladesh and Japan will immensely benefit from sharing experience.
Senior officials from different ministries, representatives from different organizations, diplomats, researchers, teachers and students from various universities took part in the conference.
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