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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 3 March, 2018 12:51:52 AM
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Investment in human dev key to further growth: UN

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Appreciating the current economic growth in Bangladesh, the United Nations has laid emphasis on having an 'inclusive' growth without compromising with environmental sustainability, reports UNB.

"It's important that the growth is inclusive. It's important that the growth doesn't compromise on environmental sustainability," UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo told UNB in an interview at her office on Thursday.

She said it is also important that the growth that Bangladesh is witnessing creates jobs, particularly for youths.

The UN official, who joined the UN country team in Bangladesh in November 2017, said all need to work so the growth continues to keep the whole country as its part involving both men and women.

"The journey that Bangladesh has struggled since independence in less than 50 years is remarkable. That's something the country can be proud of. The country should take inspiration from that to move forward in terms of its development agenda," Seppo said.

She, however, said there is a challenge around 'diversifying the economy' and the challenge is around environmental sustainability and climate change.

Seppo, also UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, laid emphasis on investing in human development that is required to reach the sustainable middle-income country goal.

"I think the investment in human development, skill development, in health and education is absolutely the key," Seppo said.

Emphasising the importance of addressing environmental concerns, she said some air is not safe to breathe. "That should be a concern for all of us."

Talking about Dhaka's air quality, the air quality should be a 'wake-up call' for all and all should start thinking of it to have a smart, sustainable and environment-friendly city.

Seppo said some of the aspects in life which are not measurable in GDP but which is critical for human wellbeing like the "air we breathe, the food we eat, the public spaces we move, the way we interact. The environmental aspects have to be kept in mind," she said.

The UN official said the beauty of the country - Bangladesh -- is known to be so green and it is known to be so colorful.

On the next election, she said they 'obviously hope' it will be a participatory election. And there will be no violence though, she said, violence was seen in some of the previous elections and that is a concern.

"We hope to a commitment across all actors towards a non-violence election," she said hoping that the Election Commission which has managed many elections in the past will be able to administer the process fairly.

"This will lead to a credible result," said the UN official adding that it will be another good step forward in strengthening democracy in Bangladesh.

Seppo, however, said it is much more important that what is the expectation of Bangladesh citizens as it is their election, they cast the votes and it is about their future. "This is Bangladesh election."

 

 

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