Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the 25th UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Madrid, Spain next month.
The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) will convene from December 2-13, officials said adding that the Prime Minister is likely to leave here for Madrid on November 30.
The Prime Minister will return home on December 4.
Earlier, Chile, citing the impact of the ongoing anti-government protests, announced that it was withdrawing as host of the upcoming COP25 annual climate summit.
On the eve of COP25, the German Embassy in Dhaka, in collaboration with the British High Commission, British Council and GIZ launched a photo exhibition under the theme ‘Climate Change -Time for Action’ on Wednesday. The exhibition will remain open until December 5.
The effects of climate change are becoming more and more visible and recent reports say that the effects are occurring much faster than earlier predictions, said the German Embassy in Dhaka.
This is not only alarming news for climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh but also to all nations, and Bangladesh delegation to the COP25 has been encouraged to stand out with ambitious demands and commitment at the conference, it said.
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin inaugurated the exhibition and also handed over the first prize to the winner of the photo competition.
German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz and the Chargé d’ Affaires at British High Commission in Dhaka Kanbar Hosein Bor attended the function as special guests and handed over the prizes among other winners.
Representatives from the government of Bangladesh, different diplomatic missions, UN missions and bilateral agencies, civil society, academia, news media and interested individuals from diverse background attended the event.
Responding to a social media call for submission of photographs on the effects of climate change in the lives of people and the environment of Bangladesh many participants submitted their photographs.
From the submissions 50 photos were chosen for the exhibition of which three won the prizes.
A movie capturing stories of people moved to Dhaka from rural areas due to adverse impacts of climatic change was also shown during the exhibition.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said child deaths have fallen by over half and global stunting has declined but millions of children still suffer from war, poverty, discrimination and disease globally.
“Let’s build on advances and recommit to putting children first. For every child, every right,” he said in a message marking the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Wednesday.
The UN chief said 30 years ago, nations came together to make a pledge to the children of the world and for the first time, the Convention on the Rights of the Child spelled out a binding global commitment to the inherent rights of every single girl and boy.
“As we mark the 30th anniversary of this landmark Convention, I urge all countries to keep their promise to them,” he said.
Guterres mentioned that all the countries recognised the unique vulnerability of children, and pledged to provide them with food, healthcare, education and protection. Since then, progress has been made.
Around the world, he said, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all.
Bangladesh has said it believes reconciliation can be a critical enabler for resolving the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, the brunt of which they are bearing.
Referring to various successful models of reconciliation, Bangladesh urged Myanmar to adopt clearly defined reconciliation strategies through a whole-of-society approach and by ensuring transparency and objectivity in the reconciliation process.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen raised the issues while addressing a Security Council Open Debate on “The Role of Reconciliation in Maintaining International Peace & Security” held at the UNHQs on Tuesday.
He emphasised on the necessity of a robust enabling environment in Rakhine underpinned by dialogue between the Rohingyas, rest of Myanmar society and Myanmar authorities.
Ambassador Momen recalled Bangladesh’s successful experience of reconciliation in the Chittagong Hills Tracts in 1997 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He also mentioned Bangladesh’s contribution, through peacekeeping, to national and local reconciliation strategies in countries emerging from conflict.
Ambassador Momen called upon Myanmar to promote active participation of women and young people and ensure accountability and justice for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, said the Bangladesh Mission at the UN on Wednesday.
The Permanent Representative also urged the Security Council to promote sustainable peace in Myanmar’s Rakhine State through reconciliation and reintegration of Rohingya community into Myanmar society.
Security Council has to encourage Myanmar to address core grievances and ensure unhindered and safe passage of relevant humanitarian personnel and supplies to the Rakhine, he added.
The Open Debate was held under the Presidency of United Kingdom. The Secretary-General also spoke on the occasion stating that “no reconciliation without justice” will work.
Bangladesh has said the recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on recruiting ‘Specified Skilled Workers’ will help Japan receive more skilled workforce from Bangladesh benefiting both the countries.
Bangladesh also sought Japan’s support for early repatriation of the forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals.
The issues were discussed when newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador Naoki Ito met State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam at the latter's office on Tuesday.
Both expressed confidence that the regular holding of the Public Private Economic Dialogue (PPED) between the two countries will deepen economic cooperation and attract increased investment from Japan, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Wednesday.
This was the first courtesy meeting of the Ambassador after presenting credentials to President Abdul Hamid.
During the meeting, they also discussed all major issues.
The State Minister thanked the Ambassador for concluding the MoC on recruiting ‘Specified Skilled Workers.'
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has encouraged the Bangladeshi expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to send more remittance to Bangladesh through formal channel as the government is providing lucrative incentives to the remitters.
He made the call while inaugurating the smart NID card and voter enrolment services at the Bangladesh Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
At the beginning of the programme, Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE Muhammad Imran briefed the audience about the smart NID card and voter enrolment services in Abu Dhabi Mission.
The Foreign Minister highlighted different success stories of Bangladesh and the tremendous development that has taken place in the country, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Tuesday.
He urged the expatriates to help in presenting positive image about Bangladesh from their respective host countries.
The Consul General of Bangladesh in Dubai conducted the programme attended by the officials of the Election Commission.
They also made a presentation on their services. A large number of Bangladesh community members living in the UAE were present.
Representatives of Bangladesh expatriates also spoke at the the programme.
The Foreign Minister expressed his happiness over the launching of the smart NID card service at the Mission.
He said the facility will reduce hassles for them and mentioned that different digitalised services are being extended to Bangladesh expatriates abroad.