Global decisions must meet the aspirations of all nations: Bangladesh
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen reaffirmed Bangladesh’s strong commitment to democracy, equality and inclusion.
“Global decisions must meet the needs and aspirations of all nations,” he said at the 14th Bali Democracy Forum.
Speaking at a session on “Democracy and Humanity: Tackling Inequalities” as one of the panelists on Thursday, Dr Momen highlighted the people-centered inclusive development policies of the government of Bangladesh.
He stressed that with strong leadership at the helm, the country has come a long way in its journey as a democratic nation through poverty reduction, food security, health and education for all, l empowerment of women.
“In its response to the pandemic, the government has remained faithful to its democratic values and has placed the vulnerable part of our society at the center of our recovery plan”, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Recognizing the important role of vibrant civil society, the press and the media, Dr Momen said that at the height of the pandemic, they continued to remain frontline fighters and helped raise public awareness and ensure efficiency and accountability in service delivery.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the need to ensure democratic global governance by ensuring an equal voice of all nations in all global decision-making processes.
He reiterated his call for equitable access to vaccines through the donation of doses as well as the renunciation of patents, the sharing of knowledge and the strengthening of the capacities of the countries of the South.
Dr Momen also underlined the importance of education as a “democracy facilitator” and called for tackling the “digital divide”.
The Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) was established in 2008 to create progressive democratic architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since its creation, the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) has become an annual forum for sharing experiences and good practices.