PM addresses UNGA general debate Friday

Published : 24 Sep 2021 03:20 PM | Updated : 24 Sep 2021 03:20 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the high-level general debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly today (Friday) Bangladesh time.

Her speech will dominate the issues of Rohingya, climate change and post Covid-19 economic recovery, BSS reports quoting officials concerned.

Sustainable development, food security and eliminating inequality will also get prominence in her speech, the officials said.

The prime minister will deliver her speech in Bangla like the previous years following the footprint of her father and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had addressed the UN in Bangla in 1974.

She attended the first day of the UNGA general debate on September 21 which will end on September 27.

Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York via Helsinki to attend the UNGA session in person as she could not join the 75th UNGA physically due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The 76th session of the UNGA began on September 14. 

Due to the global pandemic, the number of delegations allowed into the General Assembly Hall is limited and the UN Member States delegates were encouraged to provide pre-recorded statements instead of being present at UN Headquarters.

Over 100 heads of the state or government are expected to attend the session of UNGA, the main policy-making organ of the United Nations , in person.

Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, the new General Assembly president, opened the current session.