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Staff Reporter
Bangladesh received UN award for its remarkable achievements in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly in reducing child mortality. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the award at a colorful function at Astoria Hotel in New York on Sunday, according to report received in Dhaka yesterday. The award was conferred upon Bangladesh and five other countries a day ahead of the MDG conference on the sidelines of the 65th UN General Assembly. The award came 10 years after the general assembly of the global forum that had set the 8-point MDG at the UNGA session in 2000 which Sheikh Hasina attended as the head of the government during her previous tenure as Prime Minister. Briefing the Reporters
 about the event, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said Bangladesh was given the award in recognition of the government of Sheikh Hasina’s efforts in reducing child mortality by 50 percent during the current tenure of her government. The Award committee highly appreciated Sheikh Hasina’s personal leadership in spearheading a campaign in achieving the MDG goals. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the award will encourage Bangladesh in strengthening its efforts for achieving all the MDGs by 2015 despite the adverse impacts of the recent global economic crisis and climate change. She said she always considers children’s welfare as very close to her heart. In this regard, she quoted Nobel Lau-reate poet Rabindranath Tagore as saying that ‘every time a child is born, renews my faith that God has not given up on men’. “This gesture is particularly encouraging to us as we have been sparing no efforts in achieving all the MDGs by 2015 despite the adverse impacts of the recent global economic crisis, global warming and climate change,” Hasina said, speaking briefly while receiving the Award. The PM’s Press Secretary said the annual MDG awards were intended to support and raise awareness about the UN development goals while the global forum had set a deadline of 15 years for the member nations to achieve them. The award giving ceremony came only few hours after Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York to join the UNGA. Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Planning Minister AK Khandker, Health and Family Welfare Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and Azmina Siddique Rupanty, daughter of Sheikh Rehana, were present

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