Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Commission on Narcotics (CND) for the next three years. The new council of CND, an affiliate of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), will take office in January 2022.
The election was held by direct vote of the member states at the ECOSOC management meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday (April 20th). In addition to Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Iran were elected members of the organization’s executive council from the Asia-Pacific region.
After winning the election, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Rabab Fatima, said, “The CND election was very competitive. Bangladesh got the second highest number of votes (43 votes). This victory is an expression of the international community’s confidence in Bangladesh’s leadership in the multilateral forum. ”
Bangladesh has always attached utmost importance to all aspects of the global drug problem. Bangladesh has taken very strong steps to stop the illicit drug trade at the national level and is working closely with all stakeholders at the regional and international levels in this regard.
Ambassador Fatima added, “We are particularly concerned about the growing illicit use of drugs and narcotics by the younger generation, which needs to be addressed from a corrective perspective. As members of the Commission, we will make every effort to strengthen international cooperation in tackling the challenge of drug abuse. ”
The United Nations Commission on Narcotics (CND) is a 53-member body. The Commission reviews and analyzes the global drug situation, considers supply and demand declines, and takes steps to address these issues through resolution and decision-making. It is headquartered in Vienna.
Elections to the executive boards of UNICEF and UN Women were also held at the ECOSCO management meeting on Tuesday. Bangladesh has been re-elected as a member of both the boards. The two new boards will start functioning from January 2022. Note that Bangladesh is still serving as a member of the two boards. The Executive Board is the main board of directors of these two important UN bodies.
Awami League Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi said Bangladesh is recognized as a humanitarian country in the world under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Prime Minister has been recognized as the mother of humanity. At a time when the world’s most powerful nations are in turmoil, the lives and livelihoods of the people of Bangladesh are at stake under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We have no choice but to be aware of surviving the second wave of corona. Only awareness can save you from corona. For this you have to follow the hygiene rules. And those who are unemployed or helpless because of Corona have to come forward next to them.
He was speaking as the chief guest at a function to distribute Iftar items and relief items to 500 families in the A block adjacent to Mirpur No. 10 Ideal School and College in the capital today. The event was organized by the non-governmental organization West Health and Education Foundation.
Sujit Roy Nandi said, Awami League has stood by the people from the very beginning. Every leader and activist of the party was by the side of the people under the direction of Awami League President Bangabandhu Kanya Prime Minister. Still have taken all kinds of initiatives. He said if Sheikh Hasina is in power, no one will go without food. Funds have already been allocated from the relief ministry for the helpless people in the second wave of corona. The Prime Minister directed the people’s representatives, leaders and activists of the Awami League to stand by the people. People are for people. We will be able to deal with Corona only if everyone cooperates together.
The program was inaugurated by Alhaj Ilyas Uddin Mollah, Member of Parliament for Dhaka-17 constituency. Delwar Hossain, Chairman, West Health and Education Foundation, Syed Kudrat Ullah, Vice Chairman, Engineer, Kazi Zahirul Islam Manik, Councilor, Ward 3, Dhaka North City Corporation. Pallabi Thana Awami League leaders were also present.