Centre for Policy Dialogue distinguished fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya has been appointed as member to the UN Committee for Development Policy on least developed countries.
On recommendation of the United Nations secretary general, the UN Economic and Social Council in its recent session took the decision about his appointment, a CPD press release said on Sunday.
Debapriya, in his personal capacity, will serve as a member of the 24-member CDP for a three-year term (2019-2021).
Established in 1965, the CDP is an independent body under the UN which advises
on development cooperation policies in support of least developed countries.
Every three years, the CDP reviews the list of LDCs for inclusion in and graduation from the group.
The current work programme of the CDP also includes rethinking of the criteria defining the LDCs and suggesting support measures for the graduating LDCs.
It will also be following Bangladesh’s progress in the context of its scheduled graduation in 2024.
Previously, economists Nurul Islam, Rehman Sobhan and Wahiduddin Mahmud were appointed members to the body from Bangladesh.
Debapriya is a globally recognised expert on LDC issues. He was the ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organisation and UN offices in Geneva and Vienna and the coordinator of the LDC Group in the UN system in Geneva, said the CPD press release.
He was the special adviser on LDCs to the Secretary General of UNCTAD and played an important role in organising the fourth UN Conference on LDC in 2011.
Debapriya was also the president of the UNCTAD governing board.
He currently heads two international think tank networks namely LDC IV Monitor and Southern Voice on SDGs.