PM Hasina in New York to attend UNGA

The premier is scheduled to attend the inaugural ceremony of 77th session of UNGA on Tuesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York, USA to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A VVIP chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at JFK International Airport here at about 10:25pm (New York time).

Bangladesh Ambassador-designate in Washington Muhammad Imran and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Muhammad Abdul Muhith received her at the airport.

Earlier, she left London for New York after attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The flight carrying her departed from London Stansted International Airport at 8pm local time.

During her stay in New York, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also attend some important events and meet leaders on the sidelines of the UNGA.

On Tuesday, the prime minister is scheduled to attend a reception hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and join the inaugural ceremony of the 77th session of UNGA.

She will have bilateral meetings with Filippo Grandi of UNHCR and Slovenian President Borut Pahor. She will also join the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders.   

At the end of the day, she will attend the reception of US President Joe Biden.     

Besides, she will join a high-level side event on sustainable housing co-hosted by Bangladesh, Botswana, Slovak Republic and UN-Habitat on Wednesday.

On the same day, she will have a bilateral meeting with WEF Executive Director Professor Schwab Klaus, and join the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) Champions’ Meeting.   

In the afternoon, the prime minister will visit the photo exhibition on Padma Bridge at UNHQs followed by a bilateral meeting with Kosovo President Dr Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso Mendoza, and Rabab Fatima, USG OHRLSS.   

The prime minister will start the day on Thursday through a breakfast meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) followed by a courtesy call on by IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino. She will also join a high-level policy roundtable with the US Bangladesh business council.     

Later, she will have bilateral meetings with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and ICC Prosecutor Nick Klegg and Karim Khan.   

On Friday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will deliver her address at the General Debate of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.   

She will join a civic reception to be given by the expatriate Bangladeshis on Saturday.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in London on September 15 on an official visit to the United Kingdom mainly to attend the Queen’s funeral and the new king’s ascension reception.

The prime minister is scheduled to return home in the early hours of October 4, after a short stopover in London on her way from Washington.