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International conference in Cox’s Bazar to highlight Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 04:02 pm February 28th, 2019
File photo of Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The Foreign Secretary invited the PGA to attend the multi-stakeholder conference on migration, emphasizing the Rohingya humanitarian crisis to be held at Cox's Bazar in May

The government is set to organize a two-day international conference on migration in Cox's Bazar in May, emphasizing the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. 

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque has underscored the importance of geopolitics in global migration regime in solving the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

While speaking as a panelist at the high-level debate on 'International Migration and Development,' he disclosed Bangladesh's National Migration Framework which received much appreciation.

The event was held in New York on Wednesday, convened by the President of the UN General Assembly as part of the  UN's ongoing ‘Migration Week’, said a press release on Thursday.

The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary informed the audience about the National Migration Framework and elaborated its usefulness in solving complex issues such as mixed migration, human trafficking, and irregular migration through a comprehensive approach.

His idea of dealing with human mobility comprehensively under such a framework received appreciation from the Director General of IOM, the permanent representative of Ireland, and many others, said the press release.

Meeting with the President of the UN General Assembly

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque also met María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), while attending UN Migration week.

During the meeting, the PGA lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's proactive leadership on issues pertaining to climate change, culture of peace, and the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

She also praised Bangladesh's responsible role as the present Chair of the 'Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD)' in protecting the safety, dignity, and rights of people displaced by climate change.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque thanked the PGA for putting her trust in Bangladesh and appointing Bangladesh and Spain as co-facilitators for the ongoing intergovernmental consultation process on determining modalities for the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).

He invited the PGA to attend the multi-stakeholder conference on migration, emphasizing the Rohingya humanitarian crisis to be held at Cox's Bazar in May.

The Foreign Secretary participated in the day-long event of 'Expert Symposium on International Migration and Development.'

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN hosted an evening reception on the occasion of 'Migration Week' at the Mission's Bangabandhu Auditorium.

The Foreign Secretary made brief remarks as special guest.

He applauded the instrumental role of  Civil Society in achieving the Global Migration Compact.

The Foreign Secretary urged all stakeholders to work actively to combat the challenges of implementing both the Global Compact on Migration (GCM) and the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), alongside the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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