The delegation attended the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development in Morocco
The proposal of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a global compact on migration made at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2016 has been adopted, according to a news release issued by the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The proposed global compact highlighting and suggesting ways to the problems faced by the migrants was approved at the UN summit for adoption of the global compact on migration in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque is leading the Bangladesh delegation to the summit that also includes Ambassador Shameem Ahsan, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN offices in Geneva, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN, Rownaq Jahan, Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Munirus Salehin, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and Sultana Laila Hossain, Ambassador to Morocco.
Foreign Secretary Haque delivered the national statement at the plenary session of the intergovernmental conference of UN to adopt the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
He recalled the proposal for the global compact for migration made by Prime Minister Hasina in her address at the UNGA in 2016. The compact was adopted at Marrakesh to which Bangladesh affirmed full support and to its implementation.
Attending forums on multiple agendas
In Marrakesh, the delegation also attended the 11th global forum on migration and development hosted by Morocco, an event organized by Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD) and a multi-stakeholder breakfast meeting organized by the Bangladesh Mission in Morocco.
Aside from these engagements, the Bangladeshi delegation participated in other events.
Foreign Secretary Haque participated in a panel on climate change and mobility organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and an event on PDD hosted by France.
He also chaired the Dialogue 2 session on ‘Partnership and innovative initiatives for the way forward’ of the intergovernmental conference of UN to adopt the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva Ahsan chaired an event on ‘People on the move in the context of Disaster and climate change: addressing their assistance and protection needs in the Global Compact for migration’, organized by Bangladesh, International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and PDD. He also chaired a Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) roundtable on ‘Aligning governance with contemporary drivers of migration’.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Morocco arranged a multi-stakeholder breakfast meeting on December 9, 2018 attended by international migration experts, representatives from the UN Member states including EU, UN agencies, civil society and think tanks to exchange views on the implementation aspect of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
Foreign secretary’s briefing
Shahidul Haque briefed the audience on how Bangladesh looks at the newly adopted global compact and challenges of implementation. He also mentioned about Bangladesh’s initiative in framing a draft national strategy on migration governance to address migration in all its forms and manifestations.
The foreign secretary described this as a reflection of Bangladesh’s strong political willingness in implementing the actionable commitments of the Global Compact.
At the invitation of UNEP, Haque participated as a panellist at an event on “Addressing natural disasters, adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation – solution for human mobility and human security”.
He presented the multifaceted challenges of climate change and environmental degradation faced in the recent times by Bangladesh and other climate vulnerable countries and highlighted some innovative adaptation processes developed by local inhabitants as a manifestation of their social resilience.
Director General of IOM Antonio Vittorini, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Philippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachellet, Minister of Tuvalu, Director of UNEP also attended the event as panellists.
On the margin of the high-level intergovernmental conference to adopt the safe, orderly and regular migration, UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces met with the Foreign Secretary.
She applauded the 'pioneering role' of Bangladesh for mooting the idea of a global compact for migration and "championing" in women empowerment.
Haque also held a meeting with IOM Director General Antonio Vittorino to discuss the future implementation mechanism of the global compact on migration.
The EU delegation led by Deputy Secretary General Christian Leffler also met with the Foreign Secretary and discussed various issues of mutual interest.