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Momen: PM Hasina’s presence in UNGA iimportant for vaccine, climate issues

The foreign minister says that the prime minister will strongly emphasize on the vaccine issue in her speech at the UNGA

Update : 21 Sep 2021, 04:37 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s in-person presence in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is very important to give an impetus to campaigns for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccine, climate change and food security amid the global pandemic, says Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

“One of the major reasons behind her in-person presence is that the Covid-19 vaccine will be a big issue. The Prime Minister has been campaigning from day one that the Covid vaccine should be a public good and each country should get it without any discrimination,” he said while briefing reporters in New York.

He said the Prime Minister would strongly emphasize the vaccine issue in her speech in the UNGA.

Besides, creating momentum for the climate change campaign is very important ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from October 31 next, said the foreign minister, adding that Bangladesh is adversely affected by global warming.

He said around 30 million people would be displaced as some 17-25% of the country’s lands would submerge. 

“So, it’s a big problem for us, which should focus on the upcoming COP 26. It needs to create momentum for it and the prime minister’s presence in person is very significant,” he added.

Another reason is that there might be a food crisis in the future, he said, adding that the prime minister will focus on food security as well.

Describing the prime minister as a brave lady, he said she came here at this tough time amid risks.

“She came for the welfare of the country’s people,” said Momen, adding that she did not travel anywhere in the last 19 months and attended some 1500 virtual events staying indoors.

Meanwhile, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called on Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite.

She presented a copy of Bangabandhu's ‘Unfinished Memoirs’ to her Barbados counterpart.

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