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UN unanimously adopts BD's resolution on natural plant fibres

FE REPORT | November 23, 2023 00:00:00

In a groundbreaking development, the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted Bangladesh's flagship resolution titled 'Natural Plant Fibres and Sustainable Development', said the foreign ministry on Wednesday.

The resolution, adopted on Tuesday, urges member states to champion sustainable production, consumption and utilisation of natural plant fibres for sustainable development.

It emphasises the need for political support, resource mobilisation, capacity-building and effective management to drive momentum for sustainable production and use of natural plant fibres at global, regional, national and local levels.

"This resounding support is a testament to the international community's recognition of Bangladesh's unwavering commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development through the thoughtful and sustainable use of natural fibres like jute, cotton and sisal," said a ministry spokesperson.

Moreover, the resolution recognises natural fibres as a commendable alternative to synthetic and plastic-based products, highlighting their potential contribution to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

During the introduction of the resolution on Tuesday, the representative of the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations in New York expressed gratitude to all delegations for their active engagement, flexibility and contributions to strengthening the resolution and achieving consensus. In his statement, the representative highlighted the government of Bangladesh's serious commitment to the resolution under the capable and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Underlining the complementary role of natural plant fibres in mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity, the Bangladesh representative called for international cooperation to ensure the resolution's full implementation.

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