Bangladesh’s information and communications technology (ICT) division of the government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to launch a cyber security campaign. It is a campaign for youth and children in least developed countries (LCDs) to make them aware of cyber security challenges in today’s world.

All senior officials of ICT and UNDP were present during the ceremony where Dr. Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, Managing Director of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, and Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, signed the agreement on Sunday (1 May) on behalf of their respective organizations.

At the ceremony, Sudipto Mukherjee highlighted how this partnership will prepare the children and youth of the LDC countries to combat the future and ongoing challenges of the cyber security domain. It was further mentioned that it was the first-ever government cost-sharing agreement and it would further strengthen UNDP’s partnership with the Bangladesh government.

Dr. Bikarna Kumar Ghosh, also mentioned that the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Award on Cyber Security Awareness would be given to encourage and inspire the youth to combat cyber security challenges under this partnership between UNDP and Bangladesh.

For the cyber security campaign, ICT Division will provide USD 5 million to selected LDC countries in 5 years. The ‘Golden Jubilee Bangladesh Concert’ that will take place on May 6 at the Madison Square Garden in New York will raise money for the campaign. It is the same place where “The Concert for Bangladesh” was held on August 1, 1971 by former Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar to raise global awareness and raise funds for refugees from East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The concerts made history as they became the bestselling live album and Apple Films’ concert documentary, which was released in the spring of 1972.

This time, Scorpions, a popular German rock band, and Chirkutt, one of Bangladesh’s most popular bands, are expected to perform at the concert.

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By Mohd. Ibrahim Saleem

Campus Ambassador, WCSF

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