World Peace Conference: Use resources for development, not arms: PM


Yesterday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the global community to use resources for universal and sustainable development, not weapons, at this critical time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Let’s take action, commit to universal peace,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing the closing ceremony of the World Peace Conference at the InterContinental Hotel, joining it virtually from the Gono Bhaban.

Dhaka hosted the two-day international conference to mark the centenary of the birth of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the country’s golden jubilee of independence as part of promoting a culture of peace and tolerance.

Hasina said the coronavirus pandemic has plunged the whole world into a new crisis. “This crisis has proven that none of us are isolated. There is no alternative to building a responsible world order based on partnership to live in peace in this world,” he said. she declared.

The Prime Minister said that Bangladesh is always ready to work with all on the basis of mutual respect and understanding to fully embrace the ideals of peace of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Hasina said Bangabandhu’s philosophy of peace is a far-reaching philosophy and a path to lasting peace. “He [Bangabandhu] has proven that liberating all chains of deprivation-inequality-exploitation ultimately of dependence, and achieving prosperity by ending hunger and poverty can build this path. “

Bangabandhu also called for maintaining a policy of non-alignment and establishing friendly relations by ending the war and the arms race to keep world peace, she said.

She said that the Father of the Nation in his book “Amar Dekha Nayachin” explained his participation in the Asia-Pacific Peace Conference held in Beijing in 1952 by saying, “We are ready to join the peace conference of those. who want peace in the world today. We agree to raise thousands of voices with all those fighting for peace, be it Russia, America, Britain or China – we want peace.

She said Bangabandhu was nominated for the Julio Curie Medal in a statement in Helsinki, Finland on October 10, 1972, for his outstanding contribution to world peace by establishing the rights of oppressed peoples in the country.

Quoting the speech given by Bangabandhu at the reception of the award in Dhaka on May 23, 1973, Hasina said: “Let me mention here that world peace has been one of the fundamental tenets of my philosophy of life. I have always been with the oppressed. , the exploited and the people who love peace and freedom in any part of the world. We want peace to reign in every part of the globe. We want it to consolidate. “

The PM said her government signed a peace treaty ending the bloody conflict with the hill tribes of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in 1997. Bangladesh (under the AL regime) first proposed a resolution on the declaration and the program action for a “culture of peace” at the United Nations, which was adopted on 13 September 1999.

“We are proud to be the largest country to send peacekeepers to the United Nations. We have also adopted a zero tolerance policy against terrorism and violent extremism. We work closely with relevant agencies or organizations to maintain a peaceful international environment, ”she said.

“We are pursuing peaceful diplomacy to repatriate the Rohingya to their homeland,” the prime minister said.

The Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee, President Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, chaired the closing session, while former Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong, former Director General of Unesco Irina Bokova, Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdul Momen and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam also spoke on the occasion.


The conference concluded with the adoption of a 16-point Dhaka peace declaration, stressing the importance of democracy, good governance and the rule of law as essential factors for peace and global stability.

He stressed the need for social justice and inclusive development as central pillars of a stable, peaceful and equitable society.


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