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PM to leave for New York on Friday

  • Published at 09:54 pm September 19th, 2019
Web_File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

She is leaving on a nine-day visit to attend the UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is due to leave Dhaka on Friday afternoon on a nine-day visit to New York, US, to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 3:25pm on Friday carrying the prime minister and her entourage. 

The Biman flight is scheduled to arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE at 6:30pm, local time. After an overnight layover, the prime minister is scheduled to fly out of Abu Dhabi on an Etihad Airways flight at 10:30am, local time, on Saturday and arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 4:25pm, local time. 

Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen is scheduled to receive Prime Minister Hasina and her entourage at the airport.

The high-level general debate of the 74th UNGA, which is taking place at the UN headquarters on September 17-30, is set to begin on September 24. This year’s theme for the general debate is “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.”

The prime minister is likely to put forth a fresh set of proposals on how the Rohingya crisis can be resolved when she addresses the UNGA on September 27, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told reporters at a press briefing on Wednesday. 

Besides, quite a few events on the Rohingya crisis is scheduled to be held during the UNGA, where Bangladesh will apprise the world leadership of the current situation, and ask the international community to put pressure on Myanmar to take back its own people, he added.

A tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, Myanmar and China has also been planned on the sidelines on the UNGA.

In her speech on September 27, which she will deliver in Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address many issues including her government’s success in different sectors, establishment of peace, safe migration and climate change, the foreign minister said.

PM Hasina’s itinerary

On September 23, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will co-chair the multi-stakeholder panel to be held in parallel to the high-level meeting on universal health coverage at ECOSOC Chamber of the UN headquarters, along with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

She is also scheduled to deliver national statement at the plenary session of the high-level meeting on universal health coverage at the Trusteeship Council, deliver a statement at the Climate Action Summit on the theme “Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win; A Race We Must Win” at the General Assembly Hall, and attend “Recognizing Political Leadership for Immunization in Bangladesh” organized by GAVI at Conference Room 1 in the UN headquarters.

On September 24, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

She will also have a meeting with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the UN secretary-general's special advocate for inclusive finance for development, and attend a side event hosted by Global Commission on Adaptation.

Sheikh Hasina will also attend a high-level side event on the situation of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, organized by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and the OIC Secretariat at the UN headquarters, “Leadership Matters: Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World” at ECOSOC Chamber, and a reception by US President Donald Trump.

On September 25, Sheikh Hasina will co-moderate leader’s dialogue 4 on “Localizing the SDGs” at the high-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (SDG summit) at the Trusteeship Council.

On the same day, she is scheduled to attend a meeting with former Australian prime minister and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All Kevin Rudd. She will also attend dinner at the Bangladesh House.

On September 26, the prime minister is set to have meetings with Alex V Volkov, chairman of ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc; Irina Bokova; Bill Gates, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

She will also attend a luncheon roundtable organized by the US Chamber of Commerce, and be present at an event organized by Unicef, titled “An evening with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

On September 27, besides addressing the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina will attend the high-level side event on “Sustainable Universal Health Coverage: Comprehensive primary care inclusive of mental health and disabilities” organized by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh at the UN headquarters.

On September 28, she is scheduled to attend a press briefing at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York in the morning. She is also set to attend a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the afternoon, and a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the UN Secretariat in the evening.

On September 29, the prime minister is scheduled to fly out of New York at 9pm, and arrive in Dhaka in the early morning on October 1.