Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, has been elected as the Vice President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board for 2023 on Tuesday (10th January). The Kenyan ambassador was chosen to lead the board as president. The ambassadors of Costa Rica, Ukraine, and Turkey are the other vice presidents. Bangladesh can now collaborate closely with the other board members and the leadership of these three crucial UN agencies to shape their strategic direction.
The specific mandates of the UNDP, UNFPA, and UNOPS are to promote the UN’s development agenda on the ground and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The largest UN organization, UNDP, focuses mostly on eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. While UNOPS works on topics that stretch across peace, development, and humanitarian challenges, the UNFPA focuses on population and family planning issues.
Under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, Bangladesh has a strong history of working together with UN entities and their Executive Boards to carry out the global development agenda. This election shows that people have confidence and faith in Bangladesh.
Who is Muhammad Abdul Muhith?
Muhammad Abdul Muhith, a professional diplomat, is a member of the eleventh BCS (FA) cadre batch. He is the permanent representative of the United Nations of Bangladesh to the United Nations. He is also the current Chair of the United Nations Commission on Peacebuilding and served as the President of the Executive Board of UN Women in 2022.
Mr. Muhith has served as the Bangladesh Ambassador to Austria and the permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN Offices and other international organizations in Vienna, with concurrent accreditation as ambassador to Hungary, Slovenia, and Slovakia. Prior to that, he represented Bangladesh as ambassador to Denmark while also holding dual accreditations with Estonia and Iceland.
The ambassador holds a distinguished diplomatic career and has held several positions in the Bangladesh Missions in Kuwait, Rome, Doha, Washington, DC, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN in New York, and the Ministry.
Born in 1966, Muhith received his BSS and MSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka. He also holds an Arabic language diploma from Kuwait University.