The COVID-19 pandemic that gripped the world in 2020 forced everyone, including the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bangladesh, to adapt, adjust and innovate. In the face of these challenges, the Government of Bangladesh responded to the health emergency, rolled out large stimulus packages, presented its second Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals, initiated its 8th Five Year Plan, and continued on its path to graduating out of LDC status.
This report summarizes the results that the UN in Bangladesh achieved in partnership with Government, national and international NGOs and civil society, member state including donor partners and international financial institutions. The report refers to four frameworks within which this support was provided to the Government. The health response to the COVID-19 pandemic was coordinated within the Bangladesh Preparedness and Response Plan. The Immediate Socioeconomic Response Plan for COVID-19 in Bangladesh was anchored in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2017-2020), which was, in agreement with the Government, extended by a year to December 2021. The Flood and Cyclone Response Plan and the annual Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis provided the coordinating framework for the UN’s humanitarian work during the year.