Mentioning that export earnings and remittances are critical for the poverty eradication in the developing countries, the PR of Bangladesh to the United Nations, Ambassador Rabab Fatima urged the development and trading partner countries to demonstrate responsible business conduct and to adopt a humane approach to protect the rights and livelihoods of the migrants and the migrant workers during this COVID crisis.
"The gains we had made in poverty eradication and women's empowerment are at serious risk. This is not the time for economic and trade protectionism; rather this is the time for amplifying global solidarity," the PR said while addressing a virtual side event of the High-Level Political Forum entitled "Preserving and Advancing Global Progress on Eradicating Poverty: Responding to the COVID 19 Crisis" today hosted by the Government of Canada.
Stating that Bangladesh's SDG implementation and poverty eradication plans are likely to suffer setbacks from the pandemic, Ambassador Fatima reiterated that poverty eradication would be the cornerstone of Bangladesh's post-COVID recovery plans.
She urged the development partners, multilateral donors and the private sector to come forward to support developing countries in sustaining and building productive capacity, growth of resilient infrastructure, diversification of the economies, and job creation. She also underscored the need for separate stimulus packages and innovative support measures for the graduating LDCs such as Bangladesh to preserve their gains in poverty eradication and prevent a slide back.