Health Desk- 26 May, 2021: Highlighting multidimensional challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to the least developed countries (LDC), Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima has identified access to Covid-19 vaccines as the top priority for the LDCs.
She said if this issue is not addressed immediately, the LDCs will face serious humanitarian and economic misery for years to come, reports UNB.
Ambassador Rabab Fatima and ambassador Bob Ray, permanent representative of Canada, jointly convened the first session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) meeting of the fifth United Nations (UN) conference (LDC-5) on the LDCs at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
They were elected as the co-chairs of the PrepCom at its organisational session in February 2021. The LDC-5 conference will be held in DOHA, Qatar in January 2022.
The LDC-V conference is envisaged to be one of the biggest UN conferences in 2022. The next programme of action for the LDCs is expected to come up with a new global compact to address both the immediate and structural issues of the LDCs.
As a co-chair, Bangladesh will also have the opportunity to move forward some of its key priorities, including sustainable graduation and international support measures for graduation.
Notably, the UN recommended Bangladesh to graduate from the LDC category in February, 2021.