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UNESCO endorses IMLI as category ll institute

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved a Bangladesh proposal for granting the International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) in Dhaka the status of a category II institute of the UN body.

The approval came in the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive Board held in its headquarters in Paris today, BSS reports quoting a press release of Bangladesh Embassy in France.

While taking an unanimous decision to approve this proposal, the Executive Board members noted that "given the linguistic diversity of the Asia-Pacific region and the institute's unique emphasis on mother tongue and multilingual education, the IMLI will serve as a hub of knowledge and research, and contribute towards new forms of learning and mother tongue education in the region and throughout the world".

The decision of the Executive Board will now be transmitted for approval by the UNESCO General Conference scheduled for November 3-18 this year.

"An agreement between UNESCO and Bangladesh side in this regard is expected to be signed at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," the release said.

This is the first time that Bangladesh is going to host an UN-affiliated institute on its soil.

Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, senior secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the 197th Session of Executive Board in his capacity as the representative of Bangladesh to the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Expressing his reaction to this unique achievement for Bangladesh, Dr Chowdhury recalled the personal initiative and care of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the establishment and subsequent development of IMLI as a "centre of excellence" in the South Asian region.

The other members of the Bangladesh delegation who were present at the 197th session of Executive Board were M. Shahidul Islam, ambassador and permanent delegate of Bangladesh to UNESCO, Monjur Hossain, secretary, Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU), Md. Hazrat Ali Khan, counsellor, Embassy of Bangladesh, Frahana Ahmed Chowdhury, first secretary (UNESCO), and Abdul Wadud Akanda, assistant secretary for UN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ends/Thereport24.com/S/Oct 16, 2015