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UNESCAP lauds Dhaka’s leadership on migration

Published : Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 at 12:00 AM  Count : 176

Bangladesh sent 5.2 million migrant workers, including 585,035 women, under its safe, orderly and regular migration policy since 2009, said a diplomat on Monday.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UNESCAP Saida Muna Tasneem said Bangladesh could accomplish this pursuant to bold political commitment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on migration issues at home and abroad.
Member states at the UNESCAP lauded Bangladesh's diplomatic leadership and political commitment in migration and refugees issues at a commemorative event organised by Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok at the UNESCAP in the afternoon on the occasion of the International Migrants Day 2017.
She was addressing an event titled, "Safe Migration in a World on the Move" co-hosted by IOM Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau and UNESCAP and partnered by several UN agencies, including the UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF, in Bangkok.
Representatives from over 30 ESCAP member states, including ambassadors, permanent representatives as well as UN agencies, civil society and migrant representatives attended it, said the Embassy.
Tasneem read out the messages from the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, while message from the UN Secretary General, issued on the occasion, was also read out at the event.
Bangladesh also led the 9th GFMD process from the front, championing a transformative sustainable migration agenda".
Ambassador Muna also quoted the Bangladesh Foreign Minister's pledge "to leave no migrant behind" in the global deliberations leading to the Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration(GCM) expected to be adopted in 2018 in New York.
Dr Nenette Motus, IOM Regional Director, called upon all concerned to focus on the opportunities and challenges involving the migrant women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region while Regional director of UNFPA Bjorn Anderson highlighted the need for greater cooperation in addressing health-related risks of migrant women and girls.
Ivo Seiber, Ambassador of Switzerland, updated the meeting on Switzerland's efforts as co-facilitator of the GCM process promoting safe, orderly, and regular migration while Ambassadors of Russia, Peru and Libya gave updates on regional challenges for migrants around Russia, Latin America and Africa.
Regional Representatives of Unicef and UN Women also spoke on the occasion as panel members.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was praised at the event for providing shelter to Rohingyas who were forcibly displaced from Myanmar and for working closely with the international community to address the plight of the Rohingyas.
Bangladesh is the only member state at the UNEASCAP that took sustained leadership in the migration issue by hosting several migration-related meetings last two years, including on 'Migration, Business and Connectivity" in March 2016, on " Global Compact for Migration: Civil Society Voice" and Safe Migration for a World on the Move".    -UNB

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