Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen has said Bangladesh stresses importance on effective enforcement of labour laws with regard to migrant workers and promotes safe, orderly and regular migration.
“We’re actively engaged,” he said recalling Bangladesh’s deliberations leading to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016.
Ambassador Momen was addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday on social development, said a press release on Thursday.
As the original proponent, he said, Bangladesh played an active role in the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and look forward to its successful adoption in Marrakech, coming December.
Ambassador Momen said the government of Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to eradicate poverty through people-centric development plans and actions.
“In recent times, the country has witnessed robust economic growth. We have made significant strides in social development as well duly complemented by this economic development,” said the diplomat.
He said Bangladesh has been committed in her ‘whole-of-society’ approach in taking along all sections of its population towards achieving sustainable development. “We’ve not only focused on youth, women and children but also older persons and persons with disabilities.”
Ambassador Momen said the government is working hard to ensure equal respect, rights, full participation and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, thereby mainstreaming disability in development policies and programmes. “We were instrumental in adoption of resolution on Autism in 2012.”
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – The US Embassy in Dhaka including its consular section will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Columbus Day, an American holiday.
The American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Center will also remain closed on the day.
However, emergency services for American citizens will be available, said the Embassy on Thursday.
New Delhi, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) - India on Thursday deported its first group of Rohingya Muslims since the government last year ordered the expulsion of members of the Myanmar minority group and others who entered the country illegally.
The deportation was carried out after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute plea by the seven men's lawyer that they be allowed to remain in India because they feared reprisals in Myanmar. They were arrested in 2012 for entering India illegally and have been held in prison since then.
Indian authorities handed the seven over to Myanmar officials at a border crossing in Moreh in Manipur state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Each carried a bag of belongings.
The Supreme Court said it would allow their deportation because Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. Government attorney Tushar Mehta told the judges that Myanmar had given the seven certificates of identity and 1-month visas to facilitate their deportation.
Most Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are denied citizenship and face widespread discrimination.
Defense attorney Prashant Bhushan said the government should treat them as refugees, not as illegal migrants, and send a representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to talk to them so they would not be deported under duress.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 to escape a brutal campaign of violence by Myanmar's military.
An estimated 40,000 other Rohingya have taken refuge in parts of India. Less than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Many have settled in areas of India with large Muslim populations, including the southern city of Hyderabad, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, and the Himalayan region of Jammu-Kashmir. Some have taken refuge in northeast India bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The Indian government says it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya. India is fighting insurgencies in northern Kashmir and in its northeastern states.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Wednesday urged the General Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) to work for a cheaper and reliable solar energy through the transfer of solar technology among the member countries.
While delivering his speech during the first General Assembly of ISA in Greater Noida, India, he said Bangladesh is committed to green, clean and sustainable energy.
The State Minister expressed Bangladesh government’s willingness and commitment to work with the member countries of ISA for ensuring sustainable solar energy.
He also underscored the government’s priority for green and clean energy, said the Foreign Ministry here.
Shahriar Alam also elaborated the current status of solar energy usage in Bangladesh.
Conveying Bangladesh government’s readiness to share its innovation with the member states of ISA for better solar technology, he also informed the international dignitaries present in the Assembly that Bangladesh had already shared best practices in Solar Home System with several African countries.
The State Minister concluded with a suggestion that “collective approaches” can fulfil the goal and aspiration of the member states of ISA in this regard.
Shahriar Alam is on a three-day official visit to India and attended the inaugural ceremony of the first Assembly of the ISA, and the second Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting.
The events were simultaneously inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi with the presence of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and ministerial delegation from many of the ISA member countries.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu on Wednesday highlighted Bangladesh’s green industry and sustainable development philosophy in an international conference in Bangkok.
He said the philosophy is inspired by the ‘Sonar Bangla’ vision of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Vision 2021 of dynamic leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Minister Amu made the remarks at the 5th green industry conference for sustainable development in Bangkok under the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNIDO-UNESCAP) joint collaboration.
The Industries Minister also highlighted that the government has undertaken widespread reforms in the industry sector towards greening of existing and future industries in Bangladesh including in the leather and RMG industry and prioritising a low-carbon economy.
“Our government is setting up 100 eco-friendly Special Economic Zones with government sponsored green industrial standards for ETP and water treatment plants. We are also pursuing a green financing and green banking policy to finance low-carbon and resource-efficient small and medium enterprises and the supply value chains of our RMG industry,” he said.
The Minister spoke at the ministerial panel on “Regional Perspectives on Green Industry Policy’ in which Ministers from 15 countries of the Asia and Pacific participated, including Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Albania, Armenia, Mongolia and Thailand, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok.
Minister Amu is on a two-day official visit to Thailand and is scheduled to meet his Thai counterpart on Thursday.
He held a bilateral meeting with Director General of UNIDO Li Yong at the UNESCAP Secretariat.
The Minister thanked UNIDO for its sustained partnership with Bangladesh for the last two decades and invited new technical collaboration projects with the UNIDO specially for upgradation of the National Metrology Laboratory, effective solid and liquid waste management and CETP for the leather and leather goods industry and development of a ‘Green Industry’ policy for Bangladesh.
The DG UNIDO Yong praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for achieving a 7.8 percent growth rate prioritizing low-carbon growth and assured Bangladesh UNIDOs’ continued support specially in embarking on new projects including upgradation of standards, competitiveness, green industry and Industry 4.0 policies.
Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand and Permanent Representative to the UNESCAP Saida Muna Tasneem and additional Secretary Ministry of Environment AM Mansurul Alam were also present during these meetings.