Bangladesh food

Government to raise Rohingya crisis and food security at UNGA

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday that Bangladesh will make the Rohingya crisis, food and energy security and climate change its priorities during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly from 19 september.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would deliver her speech at the UNGA on September 23, where she could focus on the challenges developing countries faced in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals amid high inflation. and energy crisis due to the Covid pandemic and ongoing conflicts across the globe.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will lead a delegation from Bangladesh to the UNGA, will arrive in New York on September 20. She will join the high-level meeting of the UNGA Women Leaders Platform on that day. there,” Momen said during a press briefing on the prime minister’s participation in the 77th session of the UNGA.

He said Sheikh Hasina would also raise issues related to the food and energy crisis following the Russian-Ukrainian war, as the sanctions meant one hurting the other.

Momen said the prime minister would likely stress the need to find solutions through mutual discussions to resolve any crisis without imposing unilateral coercive measures like sanctions that affect many others.

He said Bangladesh would hold a high-level side event on the Rohingya issue and another side event on sustainable housing on September 22 at the United Nations headquarters.

Responding to a question, he said there were clashes inside Myanmar, but Bangladesh had been home to more than 1.1 million Rohingya for years and no longer allowed entry. .

Asked if the new clashes would hamper the process of returning Rohingyas to Rakhine State in Myanmar, he said he hoped it would not affect the repatriation.

He said they would raise the issue strongly as none of the forcibly displaced people could be repatriated to Myanmar in the past five years.

The Foreign Secretary said Sheikh Hasina will leave Dhaka for the UK today to join British Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19 in London before flying to New York.

Momen said that along with the Minister of Education, Minister of Health and Minister of State, he would accompany Sheikh Hasina to the UNGA, among others.

He said the Prime Minister would deliver his speech in Bengali as in previous years, with this year’s theme being “The Decisive Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interrelated Challenges”.

Bangladesh’s delegation will focus on issues of concern to the country as a matter of priority at various levels during the UNGA session, the foreign minister said.

“Issues such as the management of Covid-19, climate change, the Rohingya crisis as well as food and energy security, multilateralism, sustainable housing and building safe, reliable and inclusive digital infrastructure will dominate the discussions of UNGA,” Momen said.

The “Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) Champions Meeting” will be held on September 21 and Prime Minister Hasina will attend as one of the six champions in this particular area.

A photo exhibition on the multi-purpose Padma Bridge will also be held at UN Headquarters during the session.

Momen said the prime minister would stay in Washington DC from September 25 to October 1 after attending the UNGA in New York.