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Belgian Queen Mathilde visits Bangladesh

Published : 06 Feb 2023 10:38 PM | Updated : 07 Feb 2023 07:47 PM

Mathilde, the Queen of Belgium, arrived in Dhaka on Monday for a three-day visit as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates in the world.

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud received her upon her arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Her visit is focused on sustainable development and humanitarian aid, according to the Belgian Royal Palace.

 As SDG advocate of the UN, she will visit projects in Dhaka and the Khulna district. In addition, she will also visit the world’s largest refugee camp in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar, where over a million Rohingya refugees took shelter fleeing ethnic cleansing of Myanmar.

 On her first day of the visit, she went to the Fakir Apparels Ltd situated in Fatullah, Narayanganj, and a slum where Unicef runs projects for the children.

 During her visit, she will meet President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Seheli Sabrin, earlier, said.

 The SDG advocates are 17 inspiring, influential people raising global awareness of the SDGs and the need for accelerated action, according to the UN.

 They use their unique global platforms to raise ambition around the SDGs and reach the most vulnerable first.

 Queen Mathilde ascended the throne in 2013. She is the honorary president of Child Focus, a foundation for missing and sexually exploited children, and Unicef Belgium.