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President urges global leaders to fight social disparities, militancy

DHAKA, April 4, 2017 (BSS) - President Abdul Hamid today urged global leaders to work unitedly to fight social disparities, human inequalities, militancy and terrorism to make the world a safe place for living.

"Let us join our hands together to fight all sorts of social disparities, human inequalities, the vices of militancy and terrorism to make the world as a safe home for living," he said while delivering a banquet speech at Bangabhaban here this evening.

President Hamid hosted the dinner in honour of delegation of the five-day 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the dinner.

About the global terrorism, Hamid said terrorism and extremism have emerged not only as a great concern for development and democracy but also as a curse of human civilization.

The President called for taking appropriate measures and formulating policies to root out this ever growing threat to the cause of mankind.

Terming the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka as indeed a true reflection of tackling the rising economic, political and social inequalities around the globe, President Hamid said, "The IPU conference is being held at the juncture when the global communities are awfully facing the menace of climate change, terrorism and inequalities, which have been appeared to the mankind as grave concerns."

"Let us render our best endeavour to ensure the continued prosperity by practicing the core values of democratic norms and addressing the growing issues of global climate change, reducing world poverty, empowering women and establishing just and equitable society," the President added.

At the outset of his speech, President Hamid recalled the contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to the country and establishing world harmony and peace since its birth in 1971.

He categorically said Bangabandhu consistently expressed his solidarity and support for the world peace and harmony during his whole life.

"We believe in the invincible nature of human hope and dignity. In our efforts to remove poverty and inequality and provide a better standard of living for our citizens, we are inspired by the vision of Bangabandhu to transform our country into 'Sonar Bangla' (Golden Bengal)."

Referring to tremendous development of the country, Hamid said Bangladesh has attained sustainable socioeconomic development and notable progress along with empowerment of women, eradication of poverty and constant economic growth over the last eight years despite various hurdles under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The government has also announced its Vision 2021' and Vision 2041' to transform Bangladesh into a developed one by 2041, he said, adding that the country's journey towards peace, prosperity and development will be further accelerated through using the potential of its abundant workforces.

The President said the journey of IPU over century has done a lot for accomplishment of democracy and human dignity, believing the IPU has further scope for widening and strengthening its role in institutionalising democracy and building a just society for all.

He hoped that the members of parliament from every country will extend their all-out efforts with their national experiences to tackle social, economic and political inequalities both within and among countries.

Speaker and CPA Chairperson Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, former President HM Ersahd, IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong, Chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Saima Wazed Hossain, Deputy Speakers and MPs from IPU, ministers, whips and senior civil and military officials, among others, attended the dinner.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)