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Commonwealth urges Bangladesh to lead Blue Charter

  • Published at 11:36 am July 30th, 2019
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Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in London on Monday, July 29, 2019 PID

The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman initiated the disaster management program, and the present government is following in his footsteps to manage climate risks

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC has urged Bangladesh to lead the Commonwealth Blue Charter and climate risk management during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in London.

The prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after the meeting on Monday evening (London time).

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement signed by all 53 Commonwealth countries to actively cooperate to solve ocean-related problems and meet commitments for sustainable ocean development.

Ihsanul told BSS over phone from London that the prime minister agreed with Scotland’s proposal, and said her government was working on the issue.

He said the prime minister and the Commonwealth secretary general also discussed the issues of ICT and SDG tracker.

In this regard, Scotland highly praised Bangladesh’s tremendous success in the ICT sector and progress in SDG tracker.

She said that the Commonwealth Women Conference will be held this year in Nairobi where Bangladesh can play a vital role.

Scotland also said that Commonwealth member countries can take the lesson from Bangladesh’s improved version of SDG tracker.

She said a continental free trade area will be introduced among 49 states out of 53 Commonwealth members.

Prime Minister Hasina said Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had initiated the disaster management program, and the present government was following in his footsteps to manage climate risks.

She also apprised Scotland of the various steps taken by her administration to this effect.

The premier praised Scotland’s contribution to the umbrella organization of 53 countries.

Hasina’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain, the prime minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, and Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem were also present during the meeting.