Bangladesh has urged the United Nations to address the root causes and drivers of fragility in the conflict affected countries and extend support to the national actors in developing their capacities to deliver basic services, create economic opportunities and implement necessary governance reforms.
“A coherent and coordinated approach is needed between all actors including United Nations Police, United Nations Country team and agencies and relevant national authorities,” said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
The minister was speaking at the high-level meeting on “Fostering sustainable peace and development through United Nations policing” held during the third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.
"As a proud member of the United Nations Police since 1989, we reiterate our commitment to contribute to any UNPOL initiative for the promotion of sustainable peace and development”, he said.
Mentioning that the security and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing, he said United Nations peace operations should strive for a balanced and coherent approach for maintaining peace and security in order to facilitate development activities.
The home minister emphasized on the role of United Nations Policing in the Security Sector Reform and strengthening rule of law as per mandate.
He underscored the importance of Specialized Police Teams.
The minister appreciated the efforts to increase the number of women in police deployments and senior positions in United Nations peacekeeping.
He also expressed Bangladesh’s readiness to contribute competent female police officers and well-equipped police units for furthering this goal.
The home minister emphasized on transitioning to renewable energy sources and natural fiber-based products to reduce the environmental hazards.
“This will also leave a positive legacy for sustainable development in host countries,” he added.
Bangladesh along with Italy leads a Group of Friends that advocates for reducing environmental footprint in the field through implementation of United Nations’ Environmental Strategy.
The home minister was accompanied by the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith and the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Dr Benazir Ahmed, said the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations.
Later, the home minister held a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Executive Director of United Nations Women Anita Bhatia at the Permanent Mission premises.
During the meeting the deputy executive director commended Bangladesh for its leadership in women’s issues, including in Women Peace and Security agenda and in introducing gender responsive budgeting.
They discussed about possible cooperation in addressing violence against women including cyber violence through capacity building and awareness raising programs and increasing participation of women in United Nations peacekeeping operations.