Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh, who was appointed as Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in July 2016, has completed his mission recently.
After more than two years of service to UNFICYP, Major General Kabir’s last day in the Mission was on September 28.
He handed over his duties to the Mission’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Freely, said the UN Information Centre on Wednesday.
During his UN assignment, Major General Kabir was in charge of more than 800 troops coming from 12 Member States.
The Mission organized a guard of honour as well as a traditional send-off attended by military, police and civilian staff.
The UNFICYP’s military component organized a formal farewell in his honour on September 27.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General/Head of Mission, Elizabeth Spehar, and senior military, police and civilian staff members were present.
UNFICYP is one of the longest-running UN Peacekeeping missions. It was set up in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island and bring about a return to normal conditions.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has asked India to support Bangladesh and pressure Myanmar for the safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland.
Speaking up for Bangladesh, he said, “It was unacceptable that countries like Bangladesh have to accept a million refugees. Generosity is inversely proportional to richness, I think.”
Guterres reserved some of his sharpest commentary for the Myanmar authorities. “I have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as the Rohingya.”
He acknowledged reform of the UN Security Council is necessary but much as he would want it, he was powerless to do it alone, reports The Times of India.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday Guterres said, “What can India do? First, support Bangladesh with the huge humanitarian problem it faces. Second, India must put pressure on Myanmar, not just in reconstruction of Rohingya villages, but also in creating the environment for these people to go back."
He said, "The current situation is also one where terrorist groups could try to take advantage. And that would have a negative impact on the whole region. Fortunately there aren’t many Rohingya who have been recruited, and we have been able to avoid the situation so far, but discrimination and unresolved problems facilitate terrorist groups.”
On reforming the UN Security Council, Guterres said, “Today’s world is completely different from the world after the Second World War and the UN must change. The security council has been paralysed in relation to many dramatic crises the world faces because all five UNSC nations must agree.”
Supporting India’s convention on international terrorism, the UN’s top diplomat said the world body had “created a special office on counter-terrorism at the UN secretariat.”
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) - Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal has urged for heightened global voice for the immediate repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their origin in Myanmar as well as for ensuring accountability of the atrocity crimes committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
This was conveyed in a seminar titled “Migration Crisis: The Rhetorics and Realities, What is the Real Story?’ at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of the Netherlands (ISS) recently.
The Association of Nigerian Students in the Netherlands in association with the ISS, Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague and Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague organized it, said the Embassy on Wednesday.
Ambassador Belal referred to the Bangladesh’s humanitarian response to over one million Rohingyas forcibly displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh and highlighted Prime Minister’s three points placed at the ‘High-level Event on the Global Compact on Refugees on 24 September 2018 in New York during the 73rd UN General Assembly to solve the protracted Rohingya crisis.
Elaborating on the Prime Minister’s three points - abolishing discrimination against Rohingyas and addressing the root causes of forced displacement by Myanmar; creating a conducive environment in Myanmar, including creating “safe zone”, if needed; and preventing atrocity crimes against Rohingyas in Myanmar by bringing accountability and justice, the Ambassador urged the international community to be vocal for the justice to the victims of the atrocity crimes in Myanmar and for the immediate repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their origin in Myanmar.
The Ambassador also pitched for effective migration governance architecture for the benefits of all taking into consideration the realities of historic pattern, current and future trend of global migration.
Ambassador Belal also urged all to do their part for adoption of proposed “Global Compact on Refugees” as was proposed during UNGA 2018 in a high level panel involving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh.
Members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps and international organizations, academia, students, civil society organizations, among others, attended the seminar.
Professor of Leiden University Prof Ton Dietz, Assistant Professor of ISS Dr Helen Hintjens and the representative of the Embassy of Nigeria also spoke at the seminar.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Tuesday met Indian Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar in New Delhi and discussed various issues of mutual interest with an emphasis on strengthening ties.
They both expressed satisfaction over the current relations and discussed about improving connectivity further and resolve outstanding issues one by one.
The two State Ministers vowed to work together for mutual prosperity in days to come.
State Minister Shahriar is now on a three-day visit to attend the second IORA (Indian Ocean RIM Association) Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting.
The event will be held in parallel with the first General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the second Global RE-INVEST Meet & Expo.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will jointly inaugurate the meeting tonight (Tuesday night).
Shahriar will also meet Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and senior BJP leaders during his stay in New Delhi, a senior official from New Delhi told UNB.
Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is hosting the 2nd IORA Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting from October 2-4.
The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world and provides an important lifeline to international trade and transport.
The meeting is expected to provide a platform for experts to discuss energy needs within the region, identification of hurdles in cooperation and coordination among concerned agencies and potential avenues of collaboration; and conceptualisation of the way forward for Renewable Energy in IORA in the form of an outcome document entitled “Key Takeaways”.
The event will also witness the cementing of ties between the IORA and ISA in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to organizers.
The Ministerial Meeting to be held on October 4 would welcome the region’s RE Ministers to establish a common developmental agenda by sharing the “Key Takeaways” from the Experts’ Meeting and would also result in the adoption of the IORA Delhi Declaration on RE.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) – Three out of four individuals in Bangladesh have a risk of developing cardiac disease that can be prevented by simple means and hypertension is one such risk, says a policy forum on Monday.
Hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular and kidney diseases and over 1.5 billion are expected to be affected by hypertension by 2025.
This is especially adverse in South Asia given that the prevalence of hypertension is already at 40 percent.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of three adults older than 35 years of age has hypertension, but half of them are not aware of it, according to a message received from icddr,b.
The policy forum held on Monday on Hypertension and Cardio-Metabolic Diseases in Colombo observed government ministers, policymakers, economists, researchers and representatives of global health agencies at a single table, addressing steps to prevent, pre-empt and treat hypertension and related co-morbidities, including diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney disease.
The half-day forum was officiated by Dr Harsha de Silva, State Minister for National Policies & Economic Affairsof Sri Lanka, and included presentations and panel discussions involving ministers of health from the study countries in addition to key stakeholders from the research, academic and health sectors.
Dr Aliya Naheed, Head, Initiative for Non-communicable Diseases, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b); Dr Abdul Alim, Deputy Program Manager, Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) Programme, Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS); and Prof Dr SM Mustafa Zaman, Secretary General, Association of Physicians of Bangladesh, represented Bangladesh at the policy forum.
Tazeen Jafar from Duke-NUS’ Health Services & Systems Research and overall lead investigator of the multi-country Control of Blood Pressure and Risk Attenuation – Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (COBRA-BPS) study co-hosted the Forum and shared, “Up to three out of four adults with hypertension in South Asia have poorly controlled blood pressure, and one-third have co-existing diabetes.”
This is very concerning as complications, including heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, tend to manifest 5-7 years earlier in South Asians than in Caucasian European populations.
COBRA-BPS study is evaluating novel, low-cost solutions for hypertension control and cardiovascular risk reduction in primary healthcare systems in rural communities in South Asia.
Dr Naheed, country principal investigator for the COBRA-BPS study in Bangladesh, said, “The beauty of COBRA-BPS strategy is that it was adapted into the existing government health system and the implementation of the interventions was driven by grassroots-level community healthworkers and physicians in primary health care facilities.”
High-level officials from DGHS and policymakers in Bangladesh showed their enthusiasm for the COBRA strategy as it is fully aligned with the operational plan of the 4th Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Programmme (2017-2022). Therefore, enhancing the scalability of the COBRA strategy in Bangladesh is quite feasible.
Prof Draman said hypertension and diabetes are conditions that, once diagnosed, need lifelong treatment, otherwise patients may end up with disability or even death.
Dr Sania Nishtar, co-chair, WHO Independent Commission on the UN High-Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of NCDs, underscored the need for universal health access to include hypertension and diabetes care for all segments of the population.
Prof Joep Perk, from the School of Health & Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University; Jill Jones, Head of Global Health Strategy, Medical Research Council, UK; Prof Kate Hunt from the University of Glasgow, UK; Prof Shah Ebrahim from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK; and Dr Richard Smith, Chair of icddr,b Board of Trustees, moderated the sessions and panel discussions.
Dr Shanthi Mendis, a former WHO adviser on NCDs, Prof Jafar as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health, World Bank, WHO, professional societies and policymakers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and global researchers in hypertension spoke at the event.