Bangladesh, UNICEF to work together as strategic partners: FM

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said Bangladesh and UNICEF will continue to work as strategic partners to take four-decade collaboration to new trajectories for securing a better future for children.

She said this when Dr. Pascal Villeneuve presented his credentials to the Foreign Minister as a new country representative of UNICEF in Bangladesh at the Foreign Ministry, a press release of the Foreign
Ministry said..

While presenting his credentials, Villeneuve says UNICEF has one of its strongest country programs in Bangladesh and during his tenure he would do his best to add new areas of cooperation in the country

Praising Bangladesh for its excellent performance in achieving child related MDGs, the new UNICEF representative said Bangladesh continues to impress the UN system with his development performance.

He said UNICEF has flagged Bangladesh as a role model for innovative development solutions in many parts of the world.

Commenting on UNICEF’s new country programs in Bangladesh, Dipu Moni expressed the hope that Villeneuve will place a special emphasis on the issues of children’s nutrition, equitable resources and protection for street and homeless children in urban areas.

She also sought new and additional resources under global public private partnership for funding new UNICEF’s projects in Bangladesh.

Dipu Moni expressed satisfaction that the policy priorities of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government on children including those on child health related MDGs, rights of the girl child, special housing programs for the street children, home grown solutions for nutrition and sanitation- all match perfectly with UNICEF’s policy priorities for Bangladesh.

She also expressed the hope that new country representative would mobilize sustainable funding for mid-day meal program in primary schools to prevent drop out, special education fund for minorities and Asrayan project for ethnic minority children specially under UNICEF’s global partnership program.

The new UNICEF representative assured that apart from implementation priority areas of the new UNICEF country programs he and his team in Dhaka would work closely to realize these priority policy aspirations during the next three years.

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