Dhaka, Apr 1 (UNB)— UN refugee agency UNHCR donated five buses for students of local colleges in Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar city.
The gesture is part of the agency’s appreciation of the local community’s role in responding to the Rohingya influx since August 2017, UNHCR said in a statement.
A handover ceremony was attended by Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Kamal Hossain, principals of five colleges, as well as senior UNHCR staff.
Kalam said the local community deserves appreciation for its role after the influx.
DC Hossain thanked UNHCR for their continuous support to the Rohingya as well as the host community.
“We’re very happy to be able to provide this support for college students,” said UNHCR’s Senior Field/Technical Coordinator Oscar Sanchez Pineiro, adding that UNHCR and its partners recognise the impact that the Rohingya response has meant for the host communities.
“This is why we are undertaking a number of initiatives to support the local communities and host government meet some of the arising challenges,” he said.
The initiatives aim to improve the lives of local Bangladeshis in refugee-hosting areas by supporting basic services, education, health, livelihoods and infrastructure initiatives.
Last year, 40 Quick Impact Projects were launched, mostly in Ukhiya and Teknaf, benefitting more than 1,34,000 Bangladeshis. Some of the projects included site and building improvement works in 70 education institutions, both schools and colleges.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the government wants to bring back all the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who remain fugitives before the birth centenary celebrations of the Father of the Nation.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to bring back the killers to implement court verdicts.
The Foreign Minister sought cooperation from all in this regard.
He was addressing a function at the law faculty of Dhaka University marking the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Vol-1 and 2 were distributed among students at the function.
The government is working to bring back Noor Chowdhury, one of Bangabandhu’s convicted killers, from Canada.
Earlier in Sylhet, the Foreign Minister said he will discuss the issue of bringing back Bangabandhu’s killer from the USA during his next visit there.
Rashed Chowdhury, one of the killers of Bangabandhu, is now living in the USA.
Minister Momen said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all Bangladesh missions abroad will be celebrating the birth centenary by organizing workshops, seminars and meetings.
“We have already directed all our missions abroad in this regard,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said they will celebrate the birth centenary by involving common people. “We can learn about the country and its history if we know Bangabandhu."
He said Bangladesh wants to let the world know about the amazing progress it made over the last 10 years.
“We will let the world know about our achievements by holding various programmes abroad in next two years marking the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh,” he said.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - The fourth edition of bilateral political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland will be held here on April 2.
The Swiss delegation arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit.
Ambassador Raphael Nageli, Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, will lead the respective delegations during the consultations.
The two sides will review the progress made so far and discuss ways to further strengthening relations in the areas of economy, development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Both the countries will also discuss a wide range of multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual interest during the consultations, according to Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
The Swiss delegation, which also includes Ambassador Thomas Gass, the Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to get a first-hand impression about the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Ambassador Nageli and the Swiss delegation will meet with the representatives of the civil society and business, diplomatic community, international organizations and INGOs during their visit.
Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) - Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Sunday expressed deep shock and sorrow at the loss of lives in the devastating FR Tower fire at Banani in the city.
The Bhutanese premier offered this condolence in a message sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Twenty-six people were killed and at least 100 injured in Thursday’s inferno at the 22-storey FR Tower.
Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB) - Bangladesh has announced 26 PCRS components for the United Nations peacekeeping operations to meet their requirement.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the announcement while sharing Bangladesh’s Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) at the 2019 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial held at UN headquarters in New York on Friday.
The pledged 26 PCRS components to UN include 9 components from Army,6 from Navy, 3 from Air force and 8 from Police.
Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations and it first deployed uniformed personnel to serve with the Organization in 1988 when they were deployed to help monitor the armistice between Iran and Iraq.
Over the past three decades, according to the UN, the contributions of these brave men and women in the countries in which they serve have been immense.
In addition, Bangladesh has also pledged a unit for operational-level Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS) in partnership with the United States.
“We’ve also demonstrated our commitment by contributing to the norms setting part of the peacekeeping including through our active participation in Action forPeacekeeping Agenda and in other parallel processes like C-34,” said the State Minister.
Mentioning the atrocity crimes committed against civilians during our Liberation War in 1971, the Sate Minister said, “We endorsed the Kigali Principles on Protection of Civilians (PoC). We’ve incorporated a strong and comprehensive PoC component in our peacekeeping training with in-builtdemonstration and tabletop exercises.”
Shahriar mentioned Bangladesh’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy to sexual exploitation and abuse in the UNPeacekeeping and reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment for increasing the number of femalepeacekeepers to achieve the target set by the UN.
The State Minister saidBangladesh has been supportive to the women, peace and securityagenda of the UN since leading the adoption of the Security Council resolution 1325.
“We’re currently developing a national action plan to empower women in playing their natural role as peacemakers,” he said.
The State Minister stressed on the importance of adequate resources and critical enablers to ensurethe safety and security and also the performances of the peacekeepers. He enumerated Bangladesh’srecent supplies of modern vehicles and other peacekeeping equipments in several UN Mission.
Shahriar highlighted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s commitment to UN’s Peacekeeping Operation which comes from the Foreign policy guidelines as enshrined in the Constitutionand the vision of our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for a peaceful world.
Building on the ongoing efforts to strengthen peacekeeping operations through the Secretary General’s Action for Peacekeeping initiative (A4P) and the previous peacekeeping ministerials and summits in New York (2014), the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping in New York (2015) and the Paris(2016), London (2016), and Vancouver (2017), ‘The 2019 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial’ hasbeen convened at the UNHQs.
The Bangladesh delegation to the Peacekeeping Ministerial is composed of senior officials from Bangladesh’s armed forces, Bangladesh’s police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations.