Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) - Bangladesh Foreign Service Association (BFSA) on Tuesday congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her party’s victory in the 11th parliamentary elections.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, acting President of BFSA Ambassador Masud Mahmood Khandaker, Second Vice President Nahida Sobhan, General Secretary Khorshed Khastagir, Chief of Protocol AKM Shahidul Karim and Director General (Administration) Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury were present at PM’s official residence Ganobhaban.
Earlier, Prime Minister Hasina said the win of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in the 11th national election is another victory for the people of the country in December -- the month of victory.
Awami League alone secured 259 out of 299 parliamentary seats that went to polls.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) - United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the UN will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions in 2019.
“We’ll keep up the pressure. And we’ll never give up,” he said on Tuesday as New Year begins urging all to confront threats, defend human dignity and build a better future – together.
In recent weeks, Guterres in a message said the United Nations also oversaw landmark global agreements on migration and refugees that will help save lives and overcome damaging myths.
“And everywhere, people are mobilising behind the Sustainable Development Goals – our global blueprint for peace, justice and prosperity on a healthy planet,” he said adding that when international cooperation works, the world wins.
Guterres said the United Nations was able to bring countries together in Katowice to approve the Work Programme for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“Now we need to increase ambition to beat this existential threat. It’s time to seize our last best chance. It’s time to stop uncontrolled and spiraling climate change,” he said.
The UN chief wished fellow citizens of the world a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year. “Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test.”
Guterres said climate change is running faster than they are and geopolitical divisions are deepening, making conflicts more difficult to resolve.
“And record numbers of people are moving in search of safety and protection. Inequality is growing. And people are questioning a world in which a handful of people hold the same wealth as half of humanity,” he said.
The UN chief said intolerance is on the rise and trust is on the decline. But, he said, there are also reasons for hope.
Guterres said the talks on Yemen have created a chance for peace and the agreement signed in Riyadh in September between Ethiopia and Eritrea has eased long-running tensions and brought improved prospects to an entire region.
And the agreement between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan, the UN chief said, has revitalized chances for peace, bringing more progress in the past four months than in the previous four years.
“I wish you and your families a peaceful and healthy New Year,” he said.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) - Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party's absolute victory in the 11th national election.
The Saudi King, also the Custodian of two Holy Mosques, sent a message congratulating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on securing her party's thumping majority in the national election held on Sunday, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
In the message, he said, King Salman wished success of the prime minister as well as steady progress and prosperity for the people of Bangladesh.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also sent a message greeting the prime minister on her party’s absolute victory in the parliamentary elections, the press secretary said.
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her party's victory in the election.
Ihsanul Karim said the Qatari Emir in his message wished success of the prime minister as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - The United Nations has welcomed the participation of the opposition parties of Bangladesh in the just-held elections for the first time in 10 years.
"We call on all sides to exercise restraint and ensure a peaceful post-electoral environment, where people can maintain their right to assembly and expression," said the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Monday.
Awami League has won the election with absolute majority.
In a note on the polls, the spokesman said the United Nations is aware of violent incidents and reports of irregularities in the general election.
"We regret the loss of lives and injuries sustained by candidates and voters during the electoral campaign and on the election-day," the note reads.
The UN encouraged the parties to address electoral complaints in a peaceful manner and through legal means.
"Violence and attacks on people and property are not acceptable," said Dujarric.