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UNESCO to Launch a USD 50,000 UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize

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UNESCO to launch international prizeThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) in its 210th Executive Board has unanimously adopted the proposal to launch a USD 50,000 ‘UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman  International Prize’ for  the  Creative  Economy. It is UNESCO’s  1st award  in  the  field  of  the  creative economy.

  • The prize is named after Bangabandhu(Friend of Bengal) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman(Sheikh Mujib or Mujib), the ‘Father of the Nation of Bangladesh’.
  • The award will be given from November 2021.The Prize will be established for an initial period of six years (2021-2027).

Purpose of the Prize

The prize will be given once in 2 years( biennially) to the youth or to exceptional  initiatives  of  an  institution  or  an  entity  or  non-governmental  organization for their outstanding global economic initiatives to develop a creative economy.

Note– The proposal for the prize was made by the People’s Republic of Bangladesh(Bangladesh).

Gist about the Prize:

General Info

It will create a mechanism of knowledge sharing by  capturing, celebrating and communicating best practice in the development of creative entrepreneurship.

Funding & Management

UNESCO fully manages and administers the prize. The prize will be funded by Bangladesh.

Contributes to UNESCO’s Strategy and SDG

i.The prize contributes to the following:

  • Strategic Objective 8 of UNESCO’s Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021
  • UNESCO Priority Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021
  • UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021)

ii.It  will also contribute to 3 Sustainable Development  Goals  (SDGs), namely, Goal 4-quality  education, Goal 5- Gender Equality, Goal 8- Decent Work and Economic growth.

Points to be Noted

i.UNESCO has declared 2021 as ‘International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development’.

ii.Since 1951, 23 prizes of UNESCO  have been awarded to projects that offer sustainable solutions to the global challenges of gender equality, the fight against poverty, access to quality and inclusive education, climate change monitoring and cultural diversity for a culture of peace.

About Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman:

i.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman(17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975) was a Bangladeshi politician who served as the first president and later as the Prime minister of the Bangladesh until his assassination.

ii.UNESCO recognises his speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage on 30th October 2017

iii.There is an avenue named after him in Ankara, Turkey.

‘Swadhinata Sarak’ between Bangladesh and India to be opened on 26th March, 2021

 i.Dr. A K Abdul Momen, foreign minister of Bangladesh stated that the ‘SwadhinataSarak’ between Bangladesh and India will be opened on 26th March, 2021.

ii.The road will remain functional on the Indian side while it will be connected through Mujibnagar, Meherpur district in Bangladesh.

Chilahati-Haldibari Rail Link to be Inaugurated in December 2020 

During the virtual summit that will be held on December 17, 2020 between Prime Ministers(PMs) of Bangladesh and India, the Chilahati-Haldibari rail link, which was active till 1965 will be inaugurated.

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About Bangladesh(Officially the People’s Republic of Bangladesh):
Currency– Bangladeshi taka

About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO):

Director General– Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters– Paris, France
Members– 193 member states(including India) and 11 Associate Members