UN incorporates Bangabandhu’s quote: Friendship to all, malice towards none


Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s historic quote – “Friendship to all, malice towards none” – was incorporated in the 14th paragraph of the UNGA resolution entitled “International Year of Dialogue as a Guarantee of Peace, 2023”.

The quote of Bangabandhu, the greatest Bengali of all time, which is also the foreign policy dictum of Bangladesh, was adopted unanimously on Tuesday at the United Nations (UN) in New York, according to a message received here today.

In the global context of the post-Covid world order and the Russia-Ukraine war, this resolution was introduced by Turkmenistan at the UNGA plenary, it added.

The historical quote of Bangabandhu, one of the advocates of world humanity and peace, was included in the UN resolution for the first time.

Bangabandhu’s quote is inserted in the resolution as follows: “Recognizing the importance of combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, and unemployment, and emphasizing that friendship to all and malice towards none, in the spirit of constructive cooperation, dialogue, and mutual understanding, will help to achieve these objectives.”

This text was developed based on Bangabandhu’s maiden speech at the UNGA on 25th September 1974, where Bangladesh’s founding father emphasized the need for establishing the World Peace.

Under the guidance of the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith, Bangladesh Mission worked intensively in the preparation of the resolution.

Deputy Permanent Representative Dr. Monwar Hossain actively participated in the negotiation and was able to insert the historic quote of the Father of the Nation in this resolution aimed at advancing the world peace.

The resolution was cosponsored by 70 countries, including Bangladesh and other South Asian Nations.