Dhaka, Bangladesh

22 March 2018

Secretary-General’s video message on the “Graduation” of Bangladesh

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
I am delighted that Bangladesh has fulfilled the criteria for graduation from the world’s least developed countries.
 
This is a clear signal that the country is building an inclusive and thriving economy, with a commitment to lifting millions of people from poverty and hunger.
 
I also commend Bangladesh’s achievements in women's empowerment and access to education.
 
Graduation is a milestone.  Strong vision, national leadership and sound policies and programmes will be crucial as Bangladesh strives to become a middle-income country and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
The United Nations will continue to support Bangladesh in this journey.