Terrorism and climate change greatest threats to humanity: Sheikh Hasina
Oct.1, New York: Terrorism and violent extremism, and climate change are the greatest threat to the sustainability of humankind, said Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.
Speaking at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, she said, “I am myself a victim of terrorism and violent extremism.”
Prime Minister Hasina recalled the 15 August 1975 incident where her father, mother, three brothers and other close relatives were brutally assassinated.
“I was subject to terrorist attacks 19 times,” she continued. “My Government, therefore, maintains a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy to all forms of terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalization.”
“Second, climate change poses formidable developmental challenge,” the Prime Minister stressed. “We would not be able to sustain our development endeavours if climate change cannot be effectively dealt with.”
She noted that the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the Member States of the UN last Friday, makes it clear that all actions need to be underpinned by the strong commitment to protect and preserve the planet and biodiversity.
Hasina also announced the decision to lead the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2016, with migration having been recognized as a key enabler of development in the 2030 Agenda.
The Oslo Times