Bangladesh receives UN South-South Cooperation Award

13 Sep 2018, 19:42

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Bangladesh has received a special award in Bangkok from the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and UNESCAP in recognition of its outstanding contributions to South-South Cooperation.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UNESCAP Ambassador Saida Muna Tasneem received the award on Wednesday on behalf of the government in a special ceremony at the UNESCAP, said a press release on Thursday.

Commenting on the Award, Ambassador Tasneem said the outstanding Contributions Award was given by the UN to seven countries from the Asia and the Pacific, including Bangladesh, India, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan, for their outstanding contributions to promotion of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

Bangladesh received the Award for its pioneering role in building social innovation partnerships over the past decade through the South-South Network for Public Service Innovation under Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Public Service Delivery Innovations utilising the ‘Digital Bangladesh Access to Information Platform’.

The UNOSCC Regional Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Denis Nkala highly praised Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her sustained commitment and leadership to the South-South partnerships in advancing Public Service Delivery Innovation leveraging digital technologies.

Ambassador Tasneem also made a presentation at a panelist at the South-South Cooperation 40th Anniversary Commemorative programme the UNESCAP on ‘Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s development partnership philosophy on Innovation, titled, ‘If you want to go far and fast, innovate together’.

She highlighted more than 20 different collaborative projects that Bangladesh has shared over the past few years with 20 different countries from the global South in Asia, Pacific, Africa and Latin America under the South-South Public Service Innovation Network.