Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmood called for united solidarity and cooperation to the countries of the southern world to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable development. He made this call at the General Debate of the Third South Summit of the Group of 77 Nations and China last evening in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, the capital of East Africa.
The foreign minister said that through stronger South-South cooperation, the countries of the southern world will be better able to face the challenges of global crisis caused by climate change, war, counter-sanctions, debt crisis and growing protectionism.
Dr. Hasan recalled the historical speech given by the father of Bengali nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the United Nations General Session in 1974 and said that Bangabandhu’s words of equality and human values are still relevant in the current global context.
The Foreign Minister emphasized on five important issues to build a just world. These include more effective action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, reforming the current international financial framework, tackling the technological divide, eliminating gender inequality and empowering youth through skills development and job creation.
Dr. Hasan said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s pragmatic development policy has resulted in sustained economic growth in Bangladesh in the last decade and a half. In his speech, the minister reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to support the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and justice.
Earlier on this day, the foreign minister attended the opening ceremony of the conference. Ugandan President Iweri Museveni, the new chair of the Southern World Summit, opened the two-day conference with countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Asian continent except for Israel, Japan and South Korea, and the countries of the Oceania region except for Australia and New Zealand.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Dennis Francis, Special Representative of the President of China Liu Guozhong and Qatar’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi, host of the 2nd South Summit, spoke at the opening ceremony.
Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen and Permanent Representative of the country to the United Nations Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhit, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Kenya and Uganda Tarek Muhammad and others are participating in the conference as members of the delegation. The foreign minister is scheduled to return home on Tuesday.