PM to highlight vaccine equality, Rohingya and climate issues at UNGA: FM

“The issue of eliminating discrimination in vaccines will be discussed with particular attention during this year’s General Assembly session,” Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said.


September 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

Last modification: September 16, 2021, 7:33 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AK Abdul Momen. Photo: UNB.


Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AK Abdul Momen. Photo: UNB.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Thursday that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will highlight issues related to fair distribution of the Covid vaccine around the world, climate change and the Rohingya at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly. Nations (UNGA).

“The issue of eliminating vaccine discrimination will be discussed with special emphasis during this year’s general assembly session,” Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said during a briefing. UNGA curtain raiser press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

Dr Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will depart by Friday morning to attend the UNGA in New York with a stopover in Helsinki, Finland.

“The Honorable Prime Minister will arrive in New York on September 19,” Dr Momen said, adding that the Prime Minister will address the UNGA on September 24.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is – “Building Resilience through Hope – Recovering from Covid-19, Rebuilding Sustainably to Meet the Planet’s Needs, Respect People’s Rights and Revitalize the United Nations”.

“A large part of this year’s general assembly will be dedicated to the Covid-19 situation and its sustainable recovery and reconstruction,” Dr Momen said.

The Foreign Minister said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will reiterate her call to make the Covid-19 vaccine a public good without any discrimination.

Apart from the Covid issue, the Foreign Minister said that before COP26, the UNGA will discuss the climate change issue which is very important for Bangladesh as currently Dhaka is the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) .

“We would seek to keep the global temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius and fund both mitigation and adaptation,” he said.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh would also host a side event on the Rohingya crisis which a number of countries are expected to join.

In addition, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the President of the Maldives, the President of Vietnam and the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Dr. Momen said the Prime Minister of Bangladesh will also hold a meeting with the American business community and seek investment in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also due to hold a press briefing and address a community gathering virtually during her visit.

Concluding her official visit to New York, the Prime Minister will travel to Washington DC from September 25 to 30 before leaving for Dhaka.

It will be Prime Minister Hasina’s first overseas visit since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The Prime Minister is due to return home on October 1 after a stopover in Finland.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen among others were present at the press conference.

Teresa H. Sadler