PM off to NY to attend 72nd UNGA

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Dhaka, September 16: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here on Saturday for New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the premier and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here for Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at 2:10pm.

Deputy Leader of the House Sajeda Chowdhury, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, PM’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip ASM Feroz, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Shafiul Alam, the chiefs of three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see the premier off.

The flight is scheduled to reach Abu Dhabi Airport at 5:00pm. After making stopover in the UAE capital, Sheikh Hasina will leave for New York by an Etihad Airways flight at 10:15 am on Sunday Abu Dhabi time.

The flight is scheduled to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 4.20pm local time the same day.

Bangladesh Ambassador to USA M Ziauddin and Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to UN Masud Bin Momen will receive the prime minister at the airport.

During her visit, the prime minister will stay in Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.

Sheikh Hasna will address the UNGA in the afternoon on September 21 and have a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the same day.

On September 18, the prime minister will attend a high-level meeting on UN Reforms to be hosted by US President Donald Trump and a high-level meeting on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at UN Headquarters (UNHQ).

In the afternoon, the prime minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with her Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay before attending a high-level follow-up meeting on Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth at Convene Conference Centre.

On September 19, the prime minister along with other heads of state and government will join the official lunch to be hosted by the UN secretary general.

The lunch will be followed by a high-level roundtable of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment for Leaving No One Behind.

The prime minister will join the OIC Contact Group meeting on Rohingya Minorities at UNHQ in the afternoon. Later, she is likely to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

In the evening, the prime minister will attend a reception for the Commonwealth Heads of State/Government to be hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prime Minister of Malta Dr. Joseph Muscat, current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office.

Sheikh Hasina will join a welcome reception of US President Donald Trump in the evening at Palace Hotel at Madison Avenue. Later, she will attend a reception of Bangladesh community at New York Marriot Marquis.

On September 20, the prime minister will attend the signing ceremony of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at UNHQ and sign the treaty.

Later, she is scheduled to hold a bilateral meetings with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid at the UNHQ.

Sheikh Hasina will join a side event titled “SDG Implementation, Financing and Monitoring: Sharing innovations through South-South and Triangular Cooperation” to be organized by Bangladesh in partnership with UNDP and UN Office on South South Cooperation (UN-OSSC) at UNHQ.

Later, the prime minister will attend the opening segment of a high-level side event titled “Creating a Policy Vision for SDG Finance: Facilitating Private Sector Investment in the SDGs” to be organized by Bangladesh and Canada in partnership with UNDP at UNHQ.

Sheikh Hasina will attend a luncheon roundtable meeting to be organized by Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). Later, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

The prime minister will attend a high-level open debate on UN Peacekeeping issues to be organized by Ethiopian delegation in its capacity as the President of UN Security Council for September 2017 at Security Council Chamber, UNHQ.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hold a meeting with Professor Claus Schwab, Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum and give an interview to Sadanand Dhume of Wall Street Journal.

On September 21, President of IBM Virginia Marie Rometty will make a call on the prime minister before a bilateral meeting with Hasgim Thaci, President of Kosovo in her hotel.

Later, the prime minister will join the 4th Meeting of the High-level Panel on Water at UNHQ.

Later, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba.

The prime minister will brief the press on her UN visit in the evening on September 21 at Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York, reports BSS.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave New York for Virginia by road on September 22. After staying in Virginia for a week, she will leave for home on September 29.

The prime minister will return home on October 2.