Welcome to the United Nations, Bangladesh
It has been over 40 years since Bangladesh's flag was first raised at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, beginning a proud era of partnership built on mutual trust and respect. Since this beginning, Bangladesh has been an active member of the global community. Perhaps due to its own history of conflict, just 17 years after the country's independence, the first Bangladeshi troops served in the United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIMOG) in 1988. All in all, the country has participated in 18 Peacekeeping missions, with almost 8,700 peacekeepers deployed since UNIMOG, including important contributions such as the first all-women's police force in Haiti. The commitment of Bangladesh to protect peace is underpinned by the UN principles of equality, tolerance, freedom, peace and non-violence, principles which are also enshrined in the country's Constitution. All of which serve as a reminder of the ethos of the UN and Bangladesh partnership.
For more information on the UN’s contribution to Bangladesh’s development progress, visit our online timeline commemorating 40 years of UN and Bangladesh partnership.