Nordic parliamentarians in Bangladesh to observe MDG performance

Jan 21, 2013

Dhaka, 21 January, 2013: A three-member Nordic parliamentarians group arrived in Bangladesh today to visit initiatives that bear witness to the remarkable strides the country has made in its development indicators, especially in the Millennium Development Goals.

The parliamentarians will also visit areas in the coast that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, focusing on adaptations measures that are helping local communities deal with climate variability and rising sea levels.

Their four-day visit has been jointly arranged by UNDP and UNFPA during which they will visit various projects in Dhaka and Khulna. The team consists of Mrs. Lykke Friis, Mrs. Karen Elleman of Denmark, and Kerstin Lisbeth Engle of Sweden.

Both Denmark and Sweden are important development partners for Bangladesh, and the United Nations globally, being two of only five countries that have fulfilled the MDG commitment of contributing at least 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to international development.

Their visit is part of a routine arrangement with the United Nations, where countries that contribute strongly to international development are invited to observe the social impacts of their assistance.

Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress in the areas of primary schooling, gender parity in primary and secondary education, lowering infant and under-five mortality, and maternal mortality. The country received a United Nations award in 2010 for its significant progress towards a number of MDGs.

A UNDP-GOB progress report released in March last year, revealed that poverty has been slashed by half to rest at 31.5 per cent – meaning less than a third of the population now live in poverty.

The parliamentarians will visit projects relating to urban poverty, climate change and food security.

Contact Information

For further information please contact: Nader Rahman, Communications Associate, UNDP via email:, ph: +88 02 815 0088, ext. 1841, mob: +88 01819257099