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Achievements in water management highlighted at UNSC

The country's achievement in water management has been highlighted at a programme of the United Nations' Security Council (UNSC), held Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York.

Member of the parliamentary standing committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mahjabeen Khaled presented the country statement at the Security Council debate on "Water, Peace and Security" issue, which was open to non-Council members.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also participated in the open debate where he highlighted the value of water resources as a reason for cooperation, not conflict.

According to an UN release, Ban Ki-moon underscored the need for

coordination in water management especially for the more than 260

international rivers and many transboundary aquifers.

Bangladesh's statement drew attention of the UNSC to the various

challenges that the country has been facing for long as a lower riparian country, according to a release of Bangladesh's Permanent Mission to the UN received here today.

"As a lower riparian, low-lying delta vulnerable to climate change, we constantly grapple with challenges relating to availability of freshwater, especially during the lean season," Mahjabeen said in the statement.

She also noted that despite such challenges, under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, more than 98.0 percent of population has access to safe drinking water while over 65.0 percent has access to safe sanitation.

In the statement, she mentioned about the prime minister's call at the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech to set up a special global fund for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water to support water related research, innovation and technology transfer.

Mahjabeen said Bangladesh is committed to remain in the forefront of the international community's efforts in building a water secured world for the entire humanity.

Referring to the forthcoming Budapest Water Summit 2016, the

parliamentarian said Bangladesh would advocate efficient governance and management of water resources, access to less water-intensive technologies and crop varieties, and integrated management of shared river basins.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)