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Another glory for Sheikh Hasina

05 Oct 2015

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been handed over ‘Champions of the Earth’ award, the UN’s highest environmental accolade, at a ceremony in New York on September 27 at the close of Sustainable Development Summit.

The award was presented to her in recognition of her far-reaching initiatives in addressing the problems induced by climate change. The award was handed over to her by Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary-General and UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director.

 

In November 2014 she received ‘South-South Cooperation Visionary’ award in recognition of her sincere efforts to eradicate poverty and raising living standards, health services and social safety net.
The Champions of the Earth award, instituted by UNEP, is conferred on distinguished persons including world leaders whose actions and leadership have made a positive impact on the environment. Sheikh Hasina was given the award in Policy Leadership category for her outstanding leadership on the frontline of climate change. At a reception organized in New York on the occasion, ranking member of the US Congress Yvette Diane Clarke, called Sheikh Hasina a ‘global pride’ saying she must get support of her countrymen.

 

Earlier, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) ‘Achievement Award’ was handed out to Sheikh Hasina on August 2 for her achievement in fighting hunger and under-nourishment. The award mentioned that Bangladesh reached the target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to reduce the country’s population suffering from under-nourishment by at least 50 per cent or to bring it below 5 per cent, between1990 to 2015.

 

In November 2014 she received ‘South-South Cooperation Visionary’ award in recognition of her sincere efforts to eradicate poverty and raising living standards, health services and social safety net. This award was handed over to her son Sajeeb Wajed Joy during the Global South South Development Expo-2014 by the UN Secretary General’s special envoy Yiping Zhou in Washington. ‘Organization of American states’ and ‘South-South Cooperation’ have been jointly organizing the ‘Global South-South Development Expo’ every year since 2008. South-South Cooperation is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of the south in various sectors.

 

In September 2013 Sheikh Hasina won South-South award from International Organization for South-South Cooperation for her stellar performance in alleviating poverty in Bangladesh. This award was presented to her by Francis Lorenzo, President of International Organization for South-South.

 

On June 13, 2013 the UN Award for Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement was conferred on her by Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General of FAO for halving the incidence of hunger well ahead of the target year 2015.

 

On June 8, 2013 she received Rotary Peace Prize from Rotary International in recognition of her endeavour to promote peace among communities and across the globe.

 

On September 19, 2011 UN Economic Commission for Africa, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and South-South News jointly handed over South-South Award to Sheikh Hasina in New York for her innovative idea to use information communication technology for the progress of health of women and children.

 

On September 19, 2010 Sheikh Hasina received UN Award for Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement in New York for reducing child mortality by 50 per cent.

 

On January 10, 2010 Sheikh Hasina was awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for peace, disarmament and development. Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described her as an ‘outstanding political figure of South Asia’ who worked tirelessly for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh.

 

On June 25, 2006 Sheikh Hasina was conferred Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award for her unmatched contribution in public life. The award was instituted by ‘Mother Teresa International and Millennium Award Committee’ and handed over to her by the Award Committee Chairman Anthony Arun Biswas. Earlier, on April 12, 1998 the All India Peace Council presented her the prestigious Mother Teresa Award.

 

On August 22, 1999 the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) awarded the prestigious CERES Medal to Sheikh Hasina in recognition of her fight against poverty and hunger.

On June 13, 2013 the UN Award for Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement was conferred on her by Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General of FAO for halving the incidence of hunger well ahead of the target year 2015.

 

In 1998 the Mahatma MK Gandhi Foundation of Oslo, Norway awarded Sheikh Hasina ‘MK Gandhi Award’ for her unmatched contribution towards promotion of communal understanding, non-violent religious harmony and growth of democracy at the grassroots level in Bangladesh.

 

UNESCO presented a memento titled ‘Peace Tree’ in recognition of her outstanding contribution to girls’ and women’s education, while Global Alliance of Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) recognized Bangladesh for best immunization performance. Credit for this goes to Sheikh Hasina as Bangladesh has shown leadership in reducing the number of un-immunized children by 52 per cent in last four years.

 

She also received UNESCO’s Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize in 1998 for her remarkable contribution to bringing peace through ending 25 years of conflict in Chittagong Hill Tracts with political courage and statesmanship.




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