During her stay in New York from 17-22 September, the premier will attend the first day of the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly session at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters on 19 September
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached New York to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The premier and her entourage flew by a regular flight of British Airways to land at the JKF International Airport, New York, on Sunday (18 September) night at 10:52pm (New York time).
Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Muhammad Abdul Muhith and Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Muhammad Imran greeted the prime minister at the airport.
During her stay in New York from 17-22 September, the premier will attend the first day of the high-level General Debate of the 78th UNGA session at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters on 19 September.
She will address it on 22 September between 1pm to 2pm local time.
Hasina is scheduled to join a dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden on 19 September as well.
On the sidelines of the UNGA session, she will also attend a number of high-level side events, including Rohingya and climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal health, and finance, alongside taking part in several bilateral and courtesy meetings.
The prime minister is expected to deliver a keynote speech at a high-level conference titled “Thought for Food -Collaborating for Food Supply Chain Innovation to Accelerate the SDGs”, organised by the UNIDO and Deloitte at Rockefeller Center, New York, on 18 September.
She will also address another conference titled “SDG Summit -Leaders’ Dialogue 4 (strengthening integrated policies and public institutions for achieving the SDGs) at the Trusteeship Council Chamber on the same day.
In the evening, the premier is likely to attend a high-level private dinner to mark the United Nations’ 2023 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit hosted by Gordon Brown, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education and WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing and Sarah Brown Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education at Lexington Venue, New York.
On 19 September, she will also address a High-Level Roundtable titled “Towards a Fair International Financial Architecture” convened by the Spanish prime minister and President of the European Council and European Union (EU) at CR-16, UN Headquarters.
On the same day, Sheikh Hasina will also attend a High-Level Side Event on Community Clinic based on Medical Services co-organised by Bangladesh, Antigua and Barbuda, Bhutan, China, Malaysia, Chatham House and Suchona Foundation at CR-11, UNHQ.
On 20 September, the prime minister will address as keynote speaker along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a High-level Debate on Financing for Development (FfD) titled “Scaling up affordable and accessible international public financing for sustainable development and ensuring efficiency” at the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
On the same day, she will also attend the Secretary General’s Climate Ambition Summit, High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response, Annual Meeting of UNGA Platform of the Women Leaders, High-Level Thematic Session of Climate Ambition Summit alongside signing the agreement under the UN Convention on the law of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
On September 21, she will attend a High-Level side event on the Rohingya Crisis hosted by Bangladesh, Canada, Gambia, Malaysia, Turkey, the UK, and the USA, alongside joining the Breakfast Summit on “Addressing the Existential Threats Posed by Sea-level Rise” and High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage.
During the visit, the UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Secretary-General’s Genocide Adviser, newly elected International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General and International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General will pay a courtesy call on the prime minister.
The Bangladesh premier will likely hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen and President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Bilateral Booth, UNHQ.
After attending the events, she will leave New York for Washington DC at 9am (New York time) on 23 September, where she will stay on 23-29 September.
Then, she will leave Washington DC for London at 10.45pm (Washington time) on a flight (BA-292) of British Airways on 29 September and will arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport at 11am on 30 September.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Saida Muna Tasneem will receive her at the airport.
The prime minister will depart from London’s Heathrow Airport for Dhaka by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG 208) at 8:35pm (London time) on 3 October and will arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 12:30pm (Bangladesh time) on 4 October.