Marshall Island president Hilda, Ban Ki-moon due on Tuesday


Dhaka, July 07: Marshall Island President Dr Hilda Heine and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are scheduled to arrive here on Tuesday on a two-day visit to attend the “Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation”.The Marshal Island President will arrive in the early hours of Tuesday while Ban Ki-moon in the afternoon. They will be received by foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, official sources said on Sunday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the one-day meeting on Wednesday morning at Hotel InterContinental where Ban Ki-moon, the current chair of Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), will address a session titled “Way forward and next step towards climate change adaptation”.

Before the inaugural session, Premier Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting with the Marshall Island President and the former UN chief at the same hotel to discuss various issues related to climate change adaptation efforts.

In the opening session of the meeting, Dr Hilda, Ban Ki-moon and CGA CO-Chair Dr Kristaline Georgieva will speak apart from the Bangladesh prime minister while foreign minister Momen will deliver the welcome address.

The meeting will end at noon with the remarks of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister M Shahab Uddin.

Different sessions titled ‘community dialogue’, ‘action tacks – mobilizing accelerated adaptation and support’, and ‘mobilizing a global audience – communication tools and events’ will take place after the inaugural session.

The Marshal Island president and Ban Ki-moon are also scheduled to visit Khrushkul Special Asrayan Project at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar in the afternoon, sources said.

Foreign Minister Momen will host a dinner for the dignitaries at Hotel InterContinental in the evening.

On Tuesday, the Marshal Island president will attend a preparatory meeting at the same venue to discuss various issues including accelerating adaptation action and support from Bangladesh and around the world.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change minister M Shahab Uddin, CEO of Global Commission for Adaptation centre Dr Patrick V Verkooijen, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Manish Bapna and CGA Commissioner and Executive Director of BRAC Muhammad Musa will also attend the preparatory meeting.

Both Dr Hilda and Ban Ki-moon will leave Dhaka in the early hours of Thursday while the foreign minister will be present at the airport to see them off.