UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis on Sunday visited Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka in continuation of UN Bangladesh’s commemoration of International Day of Peace. The day is celebrated on September 21.
She was joined by UNESCO Officer-in-charge Dr Susan Vize, and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Van Nguyen.
The Durga Puja festival celebrations will begin in October, and the visit was an opportunity to meet with religious groups to better understand the significance of this important celebration.
The United Nations in Bangladesh works to promote empathy and inclusion in the spirit of Agenda 2030’s promise to Leave No One Behind.
Last year’s Durga Puja was unfortunately marred by violence. The visit aimed to highlight the importance of cultural diversity and harmony, and the hope of peaceful celebrations this year.
After being welcomed and greeted by the temple’s officials, Lewis had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad (BPUP) and prominent members of the Hindu community before being guided through the Temple and its neighborhood where people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds cohabit peacefully.