BD to share its current, future plans on socioeconomic, cultural rights in Geneva

DHAKA : Bangladesh will present its present status and share future plans on economic, social and cultural rights at the review meeting in Geneva on Thursday-Friday, reports UNB.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, who already reached Geneva, will lead the 12-member Bangladesh delegation at the review meeting.
“Bangladesh is attending the first review of the national report under international covenant on of economic, social and cultural rights,” State Minister Alam told UNB.
He said some 18 experts will take part in the discussion and questions-answers session which will last for nine hours in the two days.
“It’s a big step towards ensuring transparency and accountability while running the country,” said the State Minister.
Bangladesh acceded to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) during Sheikh Hasina’s first tenure on October 5, 1998.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights began its meeting in Geneva from March 12 to 29 March 2018 to review a number of countries including Bangladesh.
Other countries are Central African Republic (19-20 March), Spain (21-22 March) and New Zealand (22-23 March) while Mexico and Niger are already reviewed.
The meetings will take place in the first floor conference room at Palais Wilson in Geneva.
The above States are among the 166 that have ratified the ICESCR, and so are reviewed by the Committee on how they are implementing the Covenant.
The Committee, which is composed of 18 independent human rights experts, will meet delegations from the respective States to examine a range of issues relating to the Covenant.