Premier to receive two global awards at UN
PM to place new proposals at UNGA, says FM Momen
Rohingya RepatriationPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place new proposals for resolving the Rohingya crisis in her speech at the general debate in the upcoming 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
"Honourable Prime Minister's five-point and three-point proposals made at the 72nd and the 73rd UNGA respectively to resolve the Rohingya crisis are still relevant .... This year too, she might place specific proposals," Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen said at a press briefing about the primer's UNGA participation at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
He said the prime minister will receive two international awards for successful immunization programmes and skills development for the youth in Bangladesh during the UN General Assembly in New York.
"The Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation will award her as 'Vaccine Heroine' for the outstanding success of Bangladesh in immunisation," the foreign minister said, adding that the UNICEF will organise an event honouring the prime minister. She will receive 'Champion of skill development for youth' award during the event scheduled for September 26.
During her visit, the prime minister will also meet heads of states and governments of different countries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines, the foreign minister said.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present at the briefing.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for New York on Friday afternoon. Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen, ministers of the relevant ministries and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, among others, will accompany her.
"There is high possibility for Bangladesh to join a foreign ministerial level meeting with Myanmar in the presence of China to discuss Rohingya repatriation on the sidelines of the UNGA," Momen disclosed. The meeting might take place on September 24 or 25, officials said.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh will seek quicker expeditious global efforts to repatriate Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State as the Rohingya issue will come up for discussions during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
"Bangladesh's stronger voice and participation in the UNGA is extremely essential to put international pressure on Myanmar to expedite the repatriation process," the foreign minister said.
Dr Momen said China is supporting Bangladesh's proposals over Rohingya repatriation process and their efforts are visible now. "We're hopeful of a peaceful solution."
According to the foreign mMinister, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight is scheduled to leave Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:25pm and land at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE at 6:30pm (local time).
On September 22, the Prime Minister will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport for John F Kennedy International Airport at 10:30am (local time) by Etihad Airways.
She will arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport at 4:25pm (local time). Mohammad Ziauddin, Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, and Masud Bin Momen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh at the UN, will welcome her.
Momen said the prime minister will join a high level daylong meeting on "Universal Health Coverage (UHC)" on September 23 where she will highlight Bangladesh's huge success in health sector in the last few years.
She will co-chair with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a panel discussion titled "Universal Health Converge as driver of equity, inclusive development and prosperity for all" to be held in parallel of the UHC.
The premier will attend 'Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win: A Race We Must Win' at General Assembly Hall at the invitation of the UN secretary general.
She will also attend the high-level side-event on the situation of Rohingya minority in Myanmar, organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the OIC Secretariat to discuss about the role of the Muslim world to expedite safe and dignified repatriation of the Rohingyas.
The prime minister will join two side events titled "Leadership Matters- Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World' and "Global Commission on Adaptation" on the same day.
On September 25, Sheikh Hasina will attend the "High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (SDG summit): on Leader's dialogue 4 on localizing the SDGs" where she is likely to describe Bangladesh's plan and progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
On September 26, she will attend a high level side event tiled 'An evening to honour Her Excellency Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina' organised by UNICEF.
On September 27, Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to attend another side event titled "Sustainable Universal Health Coverage: Comprehensive Primary care inclusive of mental health and disabilities" where she will highlight Bangladesh's success in primary health care system through community clinics as well as the country's initiative to address autism.
On September 28, she will address a press briefing at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York and join a reception to be accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in New York at Hotel Marriott Marquis.
Besides, the premier will give interviews to a number of renowned international media including the Voice of America (VOA), the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Bangladeshi expatriate community in the USA will also host a reception in honour of the prime minister.
On September 29, the prime minister will leave New York for Dhaka via Abu Dhabi and is scheduled to reach in the early morning of October 1.