Dhaka proposes convening world cultural conference at UNESCO

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh today tabled a proposal at the UNESCO for convening ‘Annual World Cultural Conference’ aimed at bringing the cultural activists, religious leaders, writers, poets and artists from around the world to discuss the ways and means to foster peace and harmony, reports BSS.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury placed the proposal at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) while making a national statement at its 201st session of the Executive Board in Paris headquarters, said a press release here.

Naser, also the Bangladesh Representative to the UNESCO Executive Board, informed the UN body about the steps so far taken by the government of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The principal secretary also focused on various priority programs taken by the government to address the needs of the physically and mental challenged students, especially the autistic children.

He urged the UNESCO to strengthen its role in combating terrorism and extremism.

Secondary and Higher Education Division Secretary M Sohorab Hossain and Ambassador of Bangladesh to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO M Shahidul Islam are attending the meeting, among others.

The current session of the UNESCO Executive Board started on 24 April with the Board President of the Board Michael Worbs in the chair.

Dr Kamal Chowdhury is leading a six-member Bangladesh delegation to the UNESCO Executive Board.

Earlier, Dr Kamal Chowdhury chaired the meeting of the Committee on Convention and Recommendation (CR Committee), from April 19 to 21. The CR Committee is one of the important permanent subsidiary committees of the UNESCO Executive Board that comprises with 30 member states.