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Hasina leaves for New York Sept 23


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for New York to join the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, USA, from September 23 to October 1.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali made the disclosure in a press briefing in the capital on Thursday.
Mahmood Ali said the PM will have a very busy schedule during her visit to New York as she will participate and co-chair a number of important programmes during the summit.
She will lead a 60-member government delegation comprising a number of ministers and prime minister’s advisers.A business delegation would be the members of her entourage during the visit which Bangladesh considers as an important one under the present global perspective.
The theme of this year’s general discussion, which would be held from September 28 to October 6, was chosen as “The UN at 70 – A New Commitment to Action”.
Ali said the upcoming 70th UNGA session would be a “crucial” one as various issues like rise of violent extremism, refugee crisis, reforms to UN and climate change would be the major focus in general discussion.
Besides, he said in line with the millennium development goals, a group of new, epoch-making and visionary Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Millennium Development Goals would be finalised in this UNGA session.
This summit is very important for Bangladesh as the “Champion of the Earth”, the highest environment-related award of the UN and the “ICTs in Sustainable Development Award” would be handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through colourful functions on the concluding day of the summit, said the minister.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) nominated the Bangladesh premier for “Champion of the Earth” for her active and bold leadership role in mitigating the adverse impact of climate change.
Besides, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) awarded the premier the “ICTs in Sustainable Development Award” for her timely initiative for building a digital Bangladesh.
The foreign minister said the prime minister will address the plenary session of “UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post 2015 Development Agenda” on September 27 where she is likely to highlight Bangladesh’s priorities and reiterate her country’s commitment towards sustainable development targets and government activities to this end.
As part of the summit, the PM will co-chair an interactive dialogue titled “Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth, Transformation and Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production” with the Prime Minister of Belgium on September 26.
She will also co-chair the High-Level Summit on Peace Operations to be organised by US President Barack Obama on September 28 with the US President and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, among others.
Sheikh Hasina will give her country speech in the general debate of the UN general assembly on September 30 highlighting issues like global peace and security, democracy, good governance, women empowerment, poverty eradication, right of migrant workers, facing climate change and achieving Millennium Development Goals.
The Bangladesh Premier will join the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 27 and Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism to be organised by the US President on September 29.
Sheikh Hasina will also join a function on Moving from MDGs to SDGs: Bangladesh Experience and Expectations on September 29 as the chief guest while high-ranking UN officials and leaders of different countries will participate. – Source: BSS


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