Update November 5, 2015

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Dutch Queen due, November 16 PM to visit France, Malta this month

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Dutch Queen due, November 16 PM to visit France, Malta this month

05 November 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in the Netherlands on a three-day official tour, is likely to visit France and Malta this month to attend separate programs, Foreign Ministry sources said.

She is likely to visit Paris twice to attend ‘Leaders’ Forum’ to be hosted by Unesco on November 16-17 and join Climate Conference on November 30 to December 1. However, the visits are yet to be finalised.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, envisage to achieve a legally-binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Earlier, Unesco Director General Irina Bokova invited Bangladesh Prime Minister to address the Forum, said a Foreign Ministry official.

On November 16, the Unesco will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of its Constitution. To highlight this event, the organisation will convene the Leaders’ Forum of the General Conference from 16 to 17 November 2015, to coincide with this landmark celebrations.

This high-level event will be reserved for keynote addresses by Heads of State and Government of Member States, who will be invited to share their visions for Unesco and its place in the multilateral arena today and in the future, as it celebrates 70 years of action and as the international community moves to implement the new global sustainable development agenda.

Meanwhile, the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2015) will be held in Malta on November 27-29, said the official. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to lead Bangladesh in the meeting

Malta, an island state in the Mediterranean Sea which served throughout history as a bridge between North Africa and Europe, will host the meeting for a second time, having successfully done so in 2005.

The CHOGM-2015 will seek Commonwealth’s renewed focus on combating the adverse impacts of climate change, violent extremism and migration, besides support to small states and sustainable development.

On the other hand, Dutch Queen Máxima is scheduled to visit Bangladesh from November 16-19.

She will visit as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said before leaving for the Netherlands.

The Queen will have meetings with President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and other stakeholders during her four-day visit.

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