PM off to US to join 76th UNGA

Published : 17 Sep 2021 11:59 AM | Updated : 17 Sep 2021 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for New York in the USA via Helsinki to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

A VVIP chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines departed the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka for Helsinki carrying the prime minister and her entourage members around 9:23am on Friday, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told official BSS news agency.

This is prime minister’s maiden foreign visit since February, 2020 when coronavirus pandemic started spreading across the world.

The prime minister will stay in New York from September 19 to 24 as part of an official visit to attend the UNGA and a number of high-level events there.

On the way to New York, she will make a stopover at Helsinki, the capital of Finland for two days.

The prime minister will leave Helsinki at 4pm (Finish time) for New York on September 19 and is scheduled to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York in the USA at 6 pm local time the same day.

During her stay in New York, Sheikh Hasina will address the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on September 24.

On September 20, she will attend a closed-door meeting with a small group of heads of state or government on climate change to be convened by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Later, she will plant a tree and dedicate a bench at the UN Gardens in North Lawn of the UN Headquarters in honour of  Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his birth centenary.

In the afternoon, the prime minister is scheduled to join a virtual programme titled “Sustainable Development Solutions Network”.

On September 21, Sheikh Hasina will join the General Debate's opening session of at the UN Headquarters, while she will also attend the 'Business Roundtable: US-Bangladesh Business Council' to be organised by Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA.

On September 22, the premier will join a high-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

Besides, she will participate in the 'White House Global Covid-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better and is expected to deliver a speech in the event.

In the afternoon on that day, Sheikh Hasina will attend a High Level side event on 'Rohingya crisis: Imperatives for a sustainable solution' and is expected to deliver a pre-recorded speech there.

On September 23, the prime minister will attend an Event of Leaders’ network on ‘delivering on the UN common agenda: Action to achieve equality and inclusion’ to be organised by Swedish Mission to the UN.

She will also join the Food Systems Summit as part of the decade of action to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030 to be convened by the UN Secretary General at the UN Headquarters.

On the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders.

They include Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley QC, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phyc.

Besides, she will hold bilateral talks with UN Secretary General Antinio Guterres and President of EU Council Charles Michel.

The prime minister is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. from September 25-30 after her participation in the UNGA session and other events in New York.

After wrapping up her USA visit, she will leave Washington for Dhaka on September 30 and will return home on October 1 following a stopover in Helsinki.