Bangladesh has described the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as an opportunity for the present government to uphold its ‘multifaceted successes’ at the global forum.
“I think an opportunity will be created to let the world know Bangladesh’s multifaceted successes achieved in national and international arenas through high-level participation in the UNGA this time,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a press conference on Wednesday.
The Foreign Minister said this is the first UNGA after Awami League government assumed power on January 12 following the January-5 election. “Considering this, the high-level participation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will strengthen Bangladesh’s image in global arena.”
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Secretary (Bilateral, Training & Consular) Mustafa Kamal, Director General (UN) Saida Muna Tasneem and DG (EP) Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman were also present at the press conference.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave here for New York on Sunday night and will stay there until September 28 to participate in various high-level sessions.
The Foreign Minister said the Prime Minister is expected to deliver her speech in the UNGA on September 27. “As usual, she’ll deliver it in Bangla.”
Hasina will highlight international peace and security, establishment of democracy and good governance, leading role of Bangladesh in women empowerment, rights of migrant workers, steps taken by the present government to remove poverty and face climate change challenges, issues related to the least developed countries, progress on millennium development goals (MDGs) in her speech, Mahmood Ali said.
The Prime Minister will also highlight Bangladesh’s position on the theme of the general debate of the 69th UNGA - ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda’ in her speech.
The UNGA started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday and the high-level meetings will begin on September 22.
Asked whether there will be any meeting between the Bangladesh Prime Minister and US President Barack Obama, the Foreign Minister said it would have to be checked out.
“Let’s see. Now it’ll have to check (out). You’ll have to wait. It’s difficult to say now. It’s a continuous process,” he said when pressed further.
PM to Co-chair Peacekeeping Summit
The United States will host a high-level Peacekeeping Summit on September 26 and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been invited to co-chair the summit for her personal commitment to global peace and development and Bangladesh’s stronger role in UN peacekeeping missions.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and US Vice President Joe Biden will co-chair the summit.
Climate Summit 2014
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend various sessions of the Climate Summit 2014 hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 23.
While participating in the summit, Hasina will uphold the progress over the enhancement of adaptation capacity as one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change to the world community, and will touch upon other important issues - required funds, technology and capacity building.
Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as one of the champions of head of government of the UN Secretary General’s GEFI, will also address a meeting titled ‘Quality Education for the World We Want’.
At the meeting, she will highlight various initiatives taken by her present government for improving the quality of education under the post-2015 development agenda.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a function to be held on September 26 marking the 40 years of Bangladesh in the UN.
High-level delegations from various countries, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will also attend the function to be hosted by Bangladesh Permanent Mission in the UN.
Global Citizen Festival
The Prime Minister will attend the Global Citizen Festival 2014 at the New York Central Park on September 27.
She will call upon the international community to stay engaged with Bangladesh for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh free from hunger, poverty and illiteracy. Global Poverty Project will host the event.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with her counterparts of India, Nepal, Chile, Qatar, Belarus and other countries during her stay in New York.
The date and time of the meetings are yet to be fixed, and officials concerned are working on finalizing dates and times for the meetings.
The Prime Minister will also attend to functions hosted by the UN Secretary General and the US President.
She will also attend a meeting to be hosted by US Chambers and US Business Council and interact with top leaders and businesspeople on the prospects of enhancing trade and investment.
A 50-member official delegation including a number of ministers - Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohammed Nasim, Food Minister Adv Qamrul Islam and State Minister M Shahriar Alam apart from a number of secretaries will accompany the Prime Minister.
BD to uphold success in 69th UNGA