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FM seeks further advocacy of IOM on climate-migration issues

Published : 27 Apr 2022 09:50 PM | Updated : 28 Apr 2022 03:04 PM

Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen has called upon the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to engage in further advocacy on the climate-migration nexus.

He made this suggestion when the newly appointed IOM Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Abdusattor Esoev called on him to present his credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. 

He underscored that the international community should find appropriate ways to address both 

internal and international movements of people due to climate change, said the foreign ministry. 

Dr. Momen welcomed the IOM Country Chief and assured him of necessary cooperation in discharging his responsibilities. 

He acknowledged IOM’s engagement with the Rohingya humanitarian response and stressed the importance of continued international support amid emergency situations in other parts of the world. 

Esoev briefed him about IOM’s upcoming work in Bhashan Char, among other issues. He acknowledged the overriding priority of the Rohingyas’ safe and dignified repatriation to Myanmar. 

The Foreign Minister asked IOM to do proper impact evaluation of its projects supporting reintegration of returnee migrants. The IOM Country Chief reaffirmed interest in supporting the government in developing a Reintegration Policy. 

Abdusattor Esoev appreciated Bangladesh’s role in international migration issues, including on implementing the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. He requested Bangladesh to uphold its influential voice in support of further strengthening IOM as a UN agency. 

Dr Momen recalled with thanks IOM’s support in repatriating Bangladesh nationals fleeing from some international conflict situations in the recent past.

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