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Hasina's peace model goes to next UN session

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's peace model will be presented at the next UN General Assembly session for endorsement in October this year, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.

The model that speaks not only of economic development, but also of people's empowerment and "social inclusion of all segments of people" has been widely appreciated, she said.

Once adopted by the UN, it would be used as a global model for peace and sustainable development, Dipu Moni said at a press briefing on conclusion of a two-day international conference in Dhaka on “People's Empowerment and Development”.

Representatives from the UN and 62 member-countries, and civil society members attended conference organised by the foreign ministry, and held at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel.

Hasina had put forward the model at the UN General Assembly session last year. It addresses seven issues -- eradicating poverty and hunger; reducing inequality; mitigating deprivation; creating jobs for all; inclusion of excluded people; accelerating human development and fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Lauding the model at the global meet in Dhaka, Indian Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh said it is something that speaks of sustainable development.

It is "inclusive and applicable to all countries" whereas Millennium Development Goals that originated in the West is meant only for the developing countries, he said.

Ramesh called for distribution of economic benefits and incorporating all segments of people in the mainstream.

“Otherwise, highly educated people including doctors and engineers could become terrorists. Ending terrorism is not possible only by cutting poverty…sense of inclusion should be there.”

He emphasised withdrawing restrictions on movement of people as there is an imbalance due to an increase of ageing population in the developed countries and young population in the developing ones.

The Indian minister asked all to make accountable those responsible for climate change affecting the developing countries.

UN-Habitat Under Secretary General Joan Clos said "inclusive and sustainable development model is a need of the day for social cohesion." He asked all to think of the huge population and urbanisation problems, and ways of addressing those.

The Maldives Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Hameed suggested modifying the UN system to include the countries still excluded from its membership as a shift in global development paradigm.

G-77 Chair and Algeria's Permanent Representative to the UN Murad Benhehdi said the international community must put people at the centre of all development policies.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister GI Peiris said the governments should keep vigilance on smuggling, piracy for terrorism funding and proliferation of small arms.

“Saarc countries can share intelligence…because no country can fight terrorism in isolation,” he said. He also emphasised cutting people's deprivation and inequalities.

Bhutan's Works and Human Settlement Minister Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes were also present at the press meet.

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Someone is trying to get the Nobel Peace Prize.

: Truth Teller

Good news. The foreign minister will kindly anticipate what kind of reception the prime minister is going to get from well divided Bangladeshi community in the USA and what kind of questions they would raise if and when allowed the opportunity to meet their prime minister. No one expects any press gathering from the US journalist community and take brief accounts of her success and failure in running the affairs for the 3-4 years in power. How she is going to resolve the issue of the system of government to over see the next election to be free, fair and acceptable to those who matters. What is her plan to make the election commission neutral,powerful to exercise freedom to ensure legal action agsinst those violating election laws to be upgraded for the purpose. What role the military will play during , before and after the election.

: upfront


  • Dr. A Kalam
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 04:26 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    The more political leaders articulate the causes such as that of ‘a global model for peace and sustainable development' is better for a nation, for it would create a momentum for self-development as well as of positive development of the nation. Please be positive about it!

  • Raz
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 05:04 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    What peace Dipu is lobbying for her boss? At home, she is prosecuting her opposition, insulting most respected man of the country.

  • dewan afzal
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 07:34 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    The peace model does not include elimination of corruption which is greatest challenge of all the developing countries including India and

    Bangladesh. This is the single most cause of poverty.

  • Shahid
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10:34 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago) is nothing new. Basically copied from Amartya Sen's development theories published in 1980s.

  • Hafeejul Alam
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:28 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    This is a god job. If the UN General Assembly adopts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's peace model, it would be a landmark decision for the world body and as such enhance the image of the country.

  • Abdul Quader
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:17 PM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    I think peace cannot be achieved without understanding other peopl'e views, compassion, commitment and national concensus on the part of major political parties, sacrifice and good governance. I am not sure about how Bangladesh will go about this.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:18 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    What peace model, she is talking about? She has unleashed all forms of undemocratic activities in her own country, did not bother to show any mercy to the persecuted Rohingas and out with full vengeance to destroy a Bank widely regarded a real game changer for the poor. Why public money is wasted for? A prize from UN but why? The UN is not run by bunch of idiots.

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:31 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    And this time the Nobel Peace Prize will surely go to Sheikh Hasina.

  • Sam
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:34 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    So don't worry, sit back and relax. Another Nobel is on the way.

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:33 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh government should create a Peace Prize and award it to Sheikh Hasina.

  • msn
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:47 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    We want to remember our PM by her work.Let the kids study the model by including in primary textbooks.

  • Mahmud Hussain
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 01:11 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    Peace should be established at home first.

  • Matt
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 01:11 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    Once adopted by the UN, it would be used as a global model for peace and sustainable development, Dipu Moni said. We want updates from Dipu Moni on it until it's adopted!

  • Matt
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 01:09 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    This is clearly an effort to prove that she's bigger than Prof. Yunus and deserves a Nobel Peace prize.

  • rch
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 01:15 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    How about in your own country first?

  • A peace seeker
    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 01:12 AM GMT+06:00 (183 weeks ago)

    Hasina's effort to win a Nobel Peace Prize is nothing but building castle in the air.





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