Sep 04, 2015

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Full Execution of CHT Peace Accords is Vital for Peace, says UNDP Envoy

On 4 September 2015, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Mr Robert D. Watkin, stated that the peace and stability in CHT requires the Peace Accord to be fully implemented. The envoy is currently on a tour to access the progress of the ongoing development activities funded by UNDP during the post-peace accord period. In a meeting with the Chairman of the Bangladesh Hill District Council, the envoy was told that UNDP projects are bringing benefits to the Hill people, especially in the fields of education, health and agriculture.

Below is an article published by The Daily Star

Full execution of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord is needed for peace, stability and overall sustainable development in CHT, United Nations Resident Coordinator Robert D. Watkins told the journalists at Milonchhari in the district yesterday.

“We hope the government will implement the rest of the agreement soon” said Robert, also UNDP resident representative in Bangladesh, who led a three-member UNDP delegation there.

"The aim of our tour is to see the progress of the ongoing development activities funded by UNDP during the post peace accord period for the development of livelihood and living standard of the people in Chittagong Hill Tracts," he said.

The UNDP envoy expressed satisfaction with the progress of different UNDP-funded projects, being implemented by Bangladesh Hill District Council.

Earlier, the team met with Kyaw Shwe Hla, chairman of Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC), Bandarban army commander Brig Gen Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury, and district Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury. 

The hill people are getting benefit from the projects, particularly those on education, health and agriculture, BHDC Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla said, urging the UNDP team to continue fund allocation for more development works in the region.

The UNDP team left Bandarban for Dhaka yesterday.

 Photo courtesy of The Daily Star