Prime Minister to get ‘Vaccine Hero’ award


The issue of Rohingya crisis is expected to top the priority list of discussion agendas during the Prime Minister’s visit to the UN General Assembly in New York next week. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also expected raise the issue in front of world leaders at the UNGA. She is likely to hold a tripartite meeting with China and Myanmar on the issue along with holding bilateral talks with India and leaders of the OIC. She is expected to leave Dhaka for the United States today (Friday) to attend the UN sessions.

According to the Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen , at the 74th UNGA the Prime Minister is likely to submit some specific proposals, including ensuring safety and security for Rohingyas in Rakhine and the right to free movement to facilitate the process of Rohingya return. He said that there will be a number of important meetings on the Session of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in addition to the general sessions. Here, Bangladesh's progress in the implementation of SDGs will be highlighted. The minister said the Rohingya issue will be discussed during this time.

AK Abdul Momen also said Sheikh Hasina will attend the climate conference on the invitation of the UN Secretary General on the same day. Here, Bangladesh's leadership role will be addressed in various steps to tackle climate change risk. “The PM is expected to join a high-level daylong meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) on September 23 where she is likely to highlight Bangladesh’s success in health sector achieved in the last few years. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI) will confer an award – ‘Vaccine Hero’ -- on Hasina as recognition of Bangladesh’s outstanding success in vaccination initiatives,” Momen said.

On the same day, she will attend a climate summit at the invitation of the UN secretary general and a side event on the situation of Rohingyas in Myanmar organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN and the OIC Secretariat. Responding to reporters' questions about Bangladesh's position on India's NRC (National Citizen Registration), the minister said it was an internal matter of India. However, some have concerns about the issue. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh will visit India in this regard.

The matter will be discussed in a bilateral meeting with the country's government. In response to another question, Abdul Momen said, "The Pakistani Foreign Minister called me on the Kashmir issue." We have informed them about Bangladesh’s position on this.” We have told Pakistan that we were not consulted when Article 370 of the Indian Constitution was made on Kashmir.

In addition, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen will attend a high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament on September 26 in during a separate session. Bangladesh signed the agreement on nuclear disarmament in 2017.