UN adopts resolution on natural fibres

Opportunity for stronger ‘global value chain’ for jute created

Bangladesh’s resolution entitled “Natural Plant Fibres and Sustainable Development” has been adopted by consensus in the plenary of the second committee of the 74th session of the UNGA, report agencies.

The resolution was tabled in September 2019 in this committee and adopted on Thursday, said the Bangladesh Mission at the UN. After several rounds of exhilarating as well as contentious negotiations, the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh could achieve consensus of all member states of the UN for this resolution.

Along with India, China, Russia, Ireland, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Turkey, Egypt, Nigeria 68 countries have co-sponsored the resolution. This is the first resolution in the UN General Assembly that features the challenges as well as the potential of Jute and other natural plant fibres as economically viable, socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable agricultural products.

The resolution primarily focuses on jute and other natural fibers such as Abaca, Coir, Kenaf, Sisal, Hemp and Ramie which are lesser known to the international community and reiterates that the promotion of these fibres would contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.