Desk report, September 18: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived New York on Sunday afternoon to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) amid warm welcome by expatriate Bangladeshis and US AL leaders.An Etihad Airways flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at the JFK International Airport at 4:35 pm (local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Ziauddin and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen received her at the airport.
Leaders of USA Awami League and huge expatriate Bangladeshis living in the USA gathered at the airport to give a hearty welcome to the Prime Minister.
From the airport, Hasina went to Hotel Grand Hyatt in New York in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her tour. US AL leaders and expatriate Bangladeshis also welcomed her at the hotel lobby.
Sheikh Hasna will address the UNGA on the afternoon of September 21. On the same day, she will hold a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
On September 18, the Prime Minister will attend a high-level meeting on UN Reform to be hosted by US President Donald Trump.
She will also attend high-level meetings on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ) and High-Level Follow-up Meeting of 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 UN the 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.
She will join the OIC Contact Group meeting on Rohingya Minorities at the UNHQ in the afternoon.
In the evening, Hasina will attend a reception for the Commonwealth heads of state and government to be hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office.
She will join a welcome reception by US President Donald Trump in the evening at Palace Hotel at Madison Avenue. Later, the Prime Minister will attend a reception to be hosted by the Bangladesh community at New York Marriot Marquis.
On September 20, she will attend the signing ceremony of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UNHQ.
Hasina is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia at the UNHQ.
She will attend a side event titled ‘SDG Implementation, Financing and Monitoring: Sharing Innovations through South-South and Triangular Cooperation’ to be organised by Bangladesh in partnership with UNDP and UN Office on South South Cooperation (UN-OSSC) at the UNHQ.
After that, 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 organised by Bangladesh and Canada in partnership with UNDP at the UNHQ.
She will attend a luncheon roundtable meeting to be arranged by Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). Later, Hasina 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 organised by Ethiopian Delegation in its capacity as the President of UN Security Council for September 2017 at Security Council Chamber of the UNHQ.
She is scheduled to hold a meeting with Prof 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 meet Hasina before a bilateral meeting with Hasgim Thaci, President of Kosovo, at her hotel. Later, she will join the 4th Meeting of the High-level Panel on Water at the UN head office.
Later, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba.
She will brief the press on her UN visit on the evening of September 21 at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York.
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 and return to Dhaka on October 2 via London.