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Staff reporter
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with a largest ever entourage team left Dhaka for New York last night to attend the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA).
An Emirates flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage was scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.30 pm.
The flight is expected to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 8.25 am (New York time) on Monday.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver her speech on September 27 at the UNGA on behalf of Bangladesh in Bangla as usual and will have a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
On September 23, she will attend the opening ceremony of the Climate Conference at UN Headquarters (UNHQ).
She will deliver her speech in the ‘National Action and Ambition Announcement’ segment of the Climate Conference in the afternoon.
After that, she will meet her Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg at the Bilateral Room of the UNHQ and attend a reception to be hosted by the US President and First Lady.
On Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister will attend the reception to be hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at West Foyer of the UNHQ.
Sheikh Hasina will then attend the opening ceremony of the 69th UNGA where she will meet Belarus Prime Minister Mikhail V Myasnikovich. She will attend the luncheon to be hosted by the UNSG.
Later, the Prime Minister will attend the ‘Global Education First initiative’ at the Trusteeship Council of the UNHQ and deliver her speech there. In the evening, Hasina will likely to participate in the Climate and Heath related conference.
On September 25, Sheikh Hasina will attend the luncheon meeting to be hosted by American Chamber and American Business Council and call on Qatar Emeer Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-thani.
In the afternoon, she will attend the Commonwealth meeting of CHOGM Reform at UNHQ and a discussion meeting of heads of state of the Commonwealth under the banner of Post 2015. In the evening, she will have a meeting with her Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala.
Hasina will have dinner at the Bangladesh House in New York.
On Friday, the Prime Minister will attend the ‘International Peace Operation’ conference and deliver her speech.
The United States will host a high-level Peacekeeping Summit and 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. In the afternoon, Hasina will attend a function to be held on September 26, marking the 40 years of Bangladesh in the UN.
In the evening, Hasina will address a press conference to be held at the Bangladesh Permanent Resident in New York.
On September 27, the Prime Minister will deliver her speech in the UNGA and hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister, in her speech, is expected to highlight international peace and security, establishment of democracy and good governance, the 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, and progress on millennium development goals (MDGs).
She 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.
In the evening, the Prime Minister will attend the ‘World Citizen Festival’ at Central Park and will deliver her speech.
This year’s theme of the UNGA is ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda’ while it is likely to adopt the UN's Post 2015 Development Agenda as the timeframe for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expires next year.
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.
On Monday morning (Sept 29), she will leave New York for Dhaka. On her way back home, Hasina will have a one-day stopover in London.
The Biman flight carrying the Prime Minister will first land in Sylhet on October 2 and it will then arrive in Dhaka with the PM and her entourage.