Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here from Montreal, Canada to attend the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), agencies report. An Air Canada flight, carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at La Guardia Airport of New York at 3 pm on Saturday (Local time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Ziauddin, Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen received the Prime Minister at the airport. After the reception at the airport, Hasina was escorted by ceremonial motorcade to Hotel Waldorf Astoria, New York where she will be residing during her New York visit.
On September 19, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will deliver the country’s statement at a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the UN headquarters.
She will co-chair Roundtable 5, titled ‘Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration: Towards Realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Achieving Full Respect for the Human Rights of Migrants’, of the meet.
She will also have a meeting with Aung Saan Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. On September 20, Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening session of the General Debate of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.
She will later join the Asian Leaders’ Forum on Countering Terrorism which is going to be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hotel Marriot Eastside.
The Prime Minister will also attend a side-event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Scaling up Innovation in Public Service Delivery. Bangladesh and UN Office for South-South Cooperation will jointly host the programme at the UN headquarters.
She is expected to attend the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees called on by US President Barack Obama, and also likely to participate in a reception by the US President.
On September 21, the Bangladesh Prime Minister is scheduled to join the launching event of the Global Deal Initiative (on enhanced social dialogue for decent work and inclusive growth) to be organised by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén.
She will attend the meeting of the high-level Panel on Water at the UN headquarters. The Prime Minister will deliver the statement at the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General at the General Assembly Hall in the afternoon the same day.
Sheikh Hasina will also attend the luncheon reception to be hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters and another luncheon meeting to be hosted by the Business Council of International Understanding (BCIU) at Hotel Waldorf Astoria.
She will attend a reception to be organised by the Bangladesh community at Hotel Grand Hyatt, New York on September 21 and address a press briefing at Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on September 22.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with a number of heads of states and governments, including State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung Saan Suu Kyi, President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann as well as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland and the Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Bank President.
On September 22, Hasina will leave New York for Virginia by road and on September 25, she would depart Dulles International Airport, Washington DC for home by an Emirates Airways flight.
The flight carrying Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka via Dubai at 5.20 pm on September 26.