JS body highlights achievement in water management at UNSC

Dhaka,  Mon,  05 December 2016
Published : 24 Nov 2016, 00:29:51

JS body highlights achievement in water management at UNSC

The country's achievement in water management has been highlighted at a programme of the United Nations' Security Council (UNSC), held at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, reports BSS.

Member of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mahjabeen Khaled presented the country statement at the Security Council debate on "Water, Peace and Security" issue, which was open to non-Council members.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also participated in the open debate where he highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict.

According to an UN release, Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for coordination in water management especially for the more than 260 international rivers and many transboundary aquifers.

Bangladesh's statement drew attention of the UNSC to the various challenges that the country has been facing for long as a lower riparian country, according to a release of Bangladesh's Permanent Mission to the UN received in the city on Wednesday.

"As a lower riparian, low-lying delta being vulnerable to climate change, we constantly grapple with challenges relating to availability of freshwater, especially during the lean season," Mahjabeen said in the statement.

She also noted that despite such challenges, under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, more than 98.0 per cent of population has access to safe drinking water while over 65.0 per cent has access to safe sanitation.

In the statement, she mentioned about the prime minister's call at the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech to set up a special global fund for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water to support water related research, innovation and technology transfer.

Mahjabeen said Bangladesh is committed to remaining in the forefront of the international community's efforts in building a water secured world for the entire humanity.
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