PM to leave for New York tomorrow to attend 70th UNGA
22 September 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for New York tomorrow on an eight-day official visit to the United States to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to take off from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 09:45 am.
After nearly a three-hour stopover at the Heathrow International Airport in London, she will fly to New York by a British Airways flight that will land at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport at 10pm (New York time) on September 23.
After a warm reception at the JFK Airport, the Prime Minister will straight drive to Hotel Waldorf Astoria New York through a ceremonial motorcade. She will stay at the hotel during her visit to the USA.
This year’s UNGA is being considered as very important for Bangladesh as the “Champions of the Earth”, the highest environment-related award of the UN, and the “ICTs in Sustainable Development Award” of the International Telecommunication Union would be handed over to the Bangladesh Premier.
During her stay in New York, the Prime Minister along with other heads of state and the government will attend the opening session of the 70th UN General Assembly on September 28.
On the day, Sheikh Hasina will join a reception to be given by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as a luncheon to be hosted in honour of the heads of state and government attending the assembly.
The Bangladesh Premier will deliver her country speech in the general debate of the UNGA on September 30 and is expected to highlight issues like global peace and security, democracy, good governance, women empowerment, poverty eradication, right of migrant workers, climate change and achieving Millennium Development Goals.
Like the previous years, the Prime Minister will give her speech in Bangla following the Bangla speech given by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974.
Apart from attending the general debate of the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina will join the high-level roundtable on South-South Cooperation to be held on September 26 at the UN Headquarters The following day, she will attend the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action” at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
On that day, the Prime Minister will co-chair an interactive dialogue titled “Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth, Transformation and Promoting Sustainable Consumption and Production” with the Prime Minister of Belgium.
Besides, she will address the plenary session of the “UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on September 27 highlighting Bangladesh’s priorities.
In her speech, she is expected to reiterate country’s commitment towards sustainable development targets and government activities to this end.
On the occasion of her visit to the USA, Sheikh Hasina will be accorded a community reception by the expatriate Bangladeshis living in the USA at Hilton Midtown Hotel on September 27.
On September 28, Sheikh Hasina will co-chair the “High-Level Summit on Peacekeeping” with US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The Summit will be co-hosted by the USA, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uruguay and the UNSG.
On September 29, the Prime Minister will attend the “Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism” to be organized by the US President.
The Prime Minister will also join a function on “Moving from MDGs to SDGs: Bangladesh Experience and Expectations” as the chief guest, while high-ranking UN officials and leaders of different countries will participate.
Besides, the Prime Minister will also address a press conference at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York on this day.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina will address the World Leaders Forum on “Girls Lead the Way” at Columbia University on September 25. The same day, she will exchange views with the Business Council for International Understanding of the United States of America at the Hotel Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Besides, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of the heads of state and government including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Nepalese Prime Minister Shushil Koirala.
On her way back home, Sheikh Hasina will stay in the UK capital of London for a day where she will be accorded a community reception at a hotel on October 2.
The Prime Minister will return home on October 3.