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“Our Organization shares this aspiration for an inclusive, equitable and democratic society – an aspiration that Bangabandhu presented on 7 March 1971 in a historic speech now inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of World International Register,” she added.

This year, she informed that UNESCO is joining the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth.

“It is an opportunity to renew our commitment to his vision of a fairer world and to building societies that foster respect for the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of all people,” she added.

Audrey Azoulay said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman strongly
believed in the power of union between nations to build a better
future.

“Stating this belief to the United Nations in 1974, he reaffirmed his ‘faith in the indomitable spirit of man – in the capacity of the people to achieve the impossible and to overcome insurmountable odds’ Faced with the current crisis and the daunting challenges of the future, we must share this faith and act upon it,” she added.

She said, “As the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences threaten
to shake the foundations of our societies and to erode decades of
progress made in the core areas of UNESCO’s competence, we are
compelled to redouble our efforts at the national, regional and global
levels to build back better and achieve our sustainable development
goals.”

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