Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - Bangladesh has sought a stronger pressure to be put on Myanmar by the international community to make sure that Myanmar takes the Rohingyas back in a “safe, dignified and sustainable” manner on an urgent basis.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine State of Myanmar after being persecuted by their own state.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, during his visit to Italy on Monday, discussed the issue and stressed that the international community needs to take urgent steps to resolve the crisis, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Tuesday.
Two attempts of Rohingya repatriation went unsuccessful as Myanmar “failed to remove trust deficit” among Rohingyas and “lack of conducive environment” in Rakhine State for their return.
On October 24, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee called for sanctions on Myanmar military-run companies and commanders responsible for serious rights violations.
Dr Momen, who is on an official trip of Europe, met Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy Manlio De Stefano Manlio at the Italian Foreign Ministry and WFP Executive Director David Beasley in Rome on Monday and raised the issue.
The Foreign Minister also briefed Manlio De Stefano on the Rohingya crisis, and emphasised that the international community needs to put a strong pressure on Myanmar for taking back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner on an urgent basis.
The Italian Undersecretary of State commended the humanitarian role of Bangladesh in providing shelter to Rohingyas, and informed that the government of Italy strongly supports the cause of Rohingyas.
He assured that Italy, both within the EU and also separately, will keep on pursuing for early resolution of Rohingya crisis.
In a separate meeting, Foreign Minister Dr Momen said the WFP needs to do more for “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” return of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar.
Dr Momen appreciated the longstanding relationship between Bangladesh and the WFP, an organisation involved in humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.
President of the WFP Executive Board Ambassador Hisham Mohamed Badr, who visited Bangladesh along with a delegation last week, briefed Dr Momen on their official visit to the Rohingya camps.
President of the Board and all members of the delegation strongly commended Bangladesh for the humanitarian stance taken by Bangladesh regarding the Rohingyas.
The WFP Executive Director expressed profound appreciation of Bangladesh for the extraordinary humanitarian gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by providing shelter to the 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine State of Myanmar after being persecuted by their own state.
He pointed out that a strong pressure needs to be put on Myanmar to ensure that its government takes back the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner on an urgent basis.
During the meeting, the Executive Director as well as the President of the Executive Board of WFP assured Foreign Minister Dr Momen that WFP will do everything possible within its mandate for early resolution of the Rohingya crisis.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has formally invited her Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to visit Italy to further strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen held a meeting with Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy Manlio De Stefano at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome on Monday where the invitation was extended to the Prime Minister.
The Foreign Minister, who is on an official trip in Europe, expressed thanks on behalf of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina informing that the invitation has been received and accepted, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
He said the Prime Minister will be happy to visit Italy on official bilateral trip at a mutually convenient date in the near future.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister DrMomen informed Italian Undersecretary of State about the initiatives taken by the government of Bangladesh to attract foreign investment, including the special economic zones, one-stop-service, hi-tech parks, the tax incentives offered for setting up industries etc.
The Foreign Minister called upon the Italian businesses to invest in Bangladesh for win-win situation.
At the invitation of Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Undersecretary of State De Stafano agreed to visit Bangladesh in 2020 with a business delegation from Italy.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) - The 31st General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) will be held in Rome, Italy on October 30-31.
A total of 137 countries, including Bangladesh, will attend the two-day event that will focus on the most relevant issues and topics of concern on cultural heritage promotion and provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in the world.
The 31st General Assembly of ICCROM coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Centre, said a media release received here from Rome on Monday.
The two-day event will focus on the most relevant issues and topics of concern on cultural heritage promotion and provide a platform to stimulate dialogue on sustainable approaches for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in the world.
Delegations of ICCROM’s 137 Member States will meet to discuss and enhance the agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and review its activities for the past biennium 2018-2019.
It will elect its new governing Council. The event will also be an opportunity to welcome ICCROM’ newest Member State, Costa Rica.
A Thematic Discussion on “Decolonizing Heritage” will be held as part of the 31st General Assembly on October 31.
The ICCROM Award Ceremony, which is granted to individuals who have contributed significantly to ICCROM’s development, or who have special merit in the field of conservation, protection andrestoration of cultural heritage, will also be given on 31 October 2019.
In a statement on the occasion of the 31st General Assembly, Webber Ndoro, ICCROM’s Director-General, expressed his thanks and appreciation for the continuous support and collaboration of all Member States in the implementation of the programmes and activities of ICCROM.
“The generous contribution of the Member States of ICCROM is the main pillar of the success of all projects and programmes implemented by ICCROM in many parts of the world”, said Ndoro.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the world's future to mark its 75th Anniversary in 2020.
Starting in January 2020, the United Nations will hold dialogues around the world and across borders, sectors and generations.
The aim is to reach the global public; to listen to their hopes and fears; and to learn from their experiences, said the UN Information Centre in Dhaka on Monday.
On October 24 marking the UN Day, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that next year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations will feature a large and inclusive global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.
The United Nations was founded in 1945 to support collective action to realize peace, development and human rights for all.
The UN75 initiative seeks to spark dialogue and action on how we can build a better world despite the many challenges we face, said the UN office here.
While UN75 seeks to drive conversation in all segments of society - from classrooms to boardrooms, parliaments to village halls - it will place special emphasis on youth and those whose voices are too often marginalized or not heard in global affairs.
In a film, the Secretary-General appealed to people everywhere to add their voices to this campaign: “We need your opinions, your strategies, your ideas for us to be able to deliver better for the people of the world that we must serve.”
Through the upcoming dialogues, UN75 aims to build a global vision for the year 2045, the UN's centenary; to increase understanding of the threats to that future; and to drive collective action to realize that vision. Global opinion polling and media analysis will be conducted in parallel to provide statistically representative data.
The views and ideas that are generated will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials at a high-profile event during the 75th Session of the General Assembly in September 2020, and disseminated online and through partners on an ongoing basis.
Dhaka, Oct 28 (UNB) – The overheated onion market is expected to cool down within the next couple of days when big consignments of onions from a number of countries will enter the country, says the Commerce Ministry here on Monday.
The Commerce Ministry said some big importers are importing onions in huge consignments from Egypt and Turkey at the request of the Commerce Ministry.
Bangladesh has also started importing onions from neighbouring Myanmar as an alternative source to keep its price stable in the domestic market with adequate supply amid India’s export ban on the essential kitchen item.
Bangladesh is importing onions from Myanmar in two ways – by opening LC and border trade, said the Commerce Ministry urging businesspeople to increase their import volumes and do business maintaining business ethics.
Meanwhile, new onions are expected to hit the domestic market from the third week of November.
Analysing all the aspects, the Commerce Ministry said, it appears that there is adequate supply of onions in the market. Imported onions are arriving every day.
“Consumers don’t need to get panicked. Onion price will soon become normal as big consignments will arrive within a couple of days,” it said.
The Commerce Ministry said they have taken a number of steps to keep onion price and its supply normal as big consignments are coming from alternative sources.
Apart from Myanmar, Bangladesh has started importing onions from Egypt and Turkey through opening LCs.
The Commerce Ministry said the prices of onions increased recently in Myanmar’s market as well having its impact on Bangladesh market.
On September 29, the Indian government banned the export of onions with immediate effect till further orders for what it says improving domestic availability.
On September 13, the minimum export price of US$ 850 per metric tonne was imposed on onion export.
The ban on onion export is expected to improve domestic availability and cool prices, said the Indian government.
Bangladesh used to import onions from India mainly due to low price and smooth transportation system.
But onion production in India was hampered due to floods in Indian State Maharashtra and other places prompting India to impose ban on onion export.
The Commerce Ministry here had meetings with onion importers and businesspeople several times and they are in constant touch with importers.
Earlier, it was announced that stern action will be taken if any businessperson tries to build stocks of onion illegally, increase price artificially and hamper the normal supply flow.