Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has received the US Secretary's ‘Distinguished Service Award’, the highest honor award by the US Department of State.
“Congratulations Ambassador Bernicat on this well-deserved award,” US Embassy shared a post on its official Facebook page on Sunday.
She was honored with the award in recognition of her exceptionally outstanding leadership and dedication in the field of foreign affairs.
Visiting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells presented the award to Ambassador Bernicat who will soon complete her tenure here.
The US Senate has already confirmed the appointment of Earl R Miller as the next US Ambassador to Bangladesh.
The ambassador-designate must still be officially sworn in before arriving in Dhaka to present his credentials to President Md Abdul Hamid, according to a post by the official Facebook page of the US Embassy, Dhaka.
Miller, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as the US ambassador to Botswana- a position he has held since 2014.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells had a meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday. They discussed bilateral, regional and global pressing issues including Rohingya one.
During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they also had a brief discussion on political affairs including upcoming elections, said a diplomatic source.
They discussed strengthening the Bangladesh-US partnership and collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific region.
She reached Cox’s Bazar in the afternoon to visit Rohingya camps in the district that are sheltering nearly one million Rohingya, most of whom fled Myanmar in the wake of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the Burmese military in Rakhine State, and see the current situation there.
After visiting camps in Cox’s Bazar on Monday the US official, now on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, will return to Dhaka and brief media in a city hotel in the evening.
She will meet officials from UN organizations, NGOs, and local government to discuss their efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected populations.
The US official expressed appreciation for Bangladesh’s continued generosity in responding to the Rohingya crisis.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) - Bangladesh, being one of the most vulnerable counties to the adverse impact of climate change, finds strong attachment with the core values of the newly formed global alliance of P4G (Partnering for Green Growth a Global Goals 2030).
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said this during the high-level dialogue of the 1st P4G Summit held in Copenhagen on October 19-20 and mentioned that Copenhagen P4G Summit opened a new horizon for green growth in Bangladesh.
The Summit- inaugurated by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rusmussen and attended by, among others, Heads of State, Governments from Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Ministers from China, Japan and other countries, CEOs, academicians, international organizations, entrepreneurs, has already been marked as ground breaking summit to contributing momentum in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals as enshrined in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to address the commitment made in Paris Climate Agreement.
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali led a 13-strong Bangladesh delegation, both from public and private sector to the Summit, said the foreign ministry here on Sunday.
The Foreign Minister mentioned that P4G would promote new and innovative business opportunities, including transfer if technology between the partner countries.
Meanwhile a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh Foreign Minister and the Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen was held on the side-line of the summit where entire gamut of bilateral relations including Rohingya issue has been discussed.
Later, in presence of Danish media, both the Foreign Ministers put ink on a framework G2G MoU in relation to Danish support to the dairy sector in Bangladesh on a platform for Public Private Participation.
Another B2B MOU was signed between Milk Vita Bangladesh and Danish dairy giant Arla Foods to promote collaboration to achieve sustainability in the dairy sector of Bangladesh through business sector.
Senior Secretary of Rural Development and Cooperatives S. M. Ghulam Farooque, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Denmark Muhammad A Muhith, Director General, West Europe and EU of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khorshed Alam Khastagir, Managing Director, Milk vita Mohammad Atahr Ali were also present during the MoU signing ceremony.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) - Bangladesh has said a global response is essential to protect the rights and dignity of the migrants and maximise the development potential of this process.
“Since it is not possible for a single country to deal with international migration in isolation,” said Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.
He was addressing at the Plenary of the second committee of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on ‘Globalization and Interdependence’ at the UN headquarters recently.
The Ambassador said Bangladesh realised the importance of addressing this global policy vacuum early on and called for formulating a separate global compact for migration (GCM) in early 2016, said the Bangladesh Mission on Sunday.
“Bangladesh is one of the largest countries of origin in national wealth creation and development, the role of remittance has been immense,” he said.
Ambassador Momen said migration has been embedded in national development policy to pave Bangladesh’s journey to become a Middle-Income Country by 2021 and a Developed Country by 2041.
On the occasion of the International Migrants Day Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The Global Community must work together and in coordination to implement the rules and measures for countering human trafficking and lowering the recruitment costs for labor migration to a tolerable level.”
He said proposed mechanism for capacity building and launching the UN Network for Migration are two realistic measures that could scale up the efforts by the member states to make migration safe, orderly and regular.
“We will also need to build on it for continuous improvement in global migration governance and management. My delegation will remain constructively engaged,” he said.
Ambassador Momen said there is a realisation across the world, belated though, to integrate migration into national development policies.
“It is also important to put an end to the fragmented approach of the United Nations towards migration. With the adoption of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, migration rightly reappeared in the UN Agenda as an issue of major relevance and importance,” he said.
Dhaka, Oct 20 (UNB) - Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG) Christine Schraner Burgener undertook her third visit to Myanmar from October 10 to 20 and said credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability.
Noting that the implementation of the MoU between Myanmar, UNHCR and UNDP had begun, she stressed the urgent need for complete access and assessment throughout northern and central Rakhine.
During the visit, she held consultations with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, other government and military leaders, ethnic armed organizations, local and religious leaders, NGOs, UN agencies and the diplomatic community.
“Accountability is one of two important pillars for national reconciliation, the other is inclusive dialogue,” she said repeatedly.
In Rakhine and Kachin states, the SESG also engaged with local civilian and military authorities, and directly with the affected populations, in particular women, according to a statement UNB received from UN headquarters.
In Rakhine state, the SESG went to several IDP camps and relocation sites in Kyauktaw, Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Sittwe, to gauge progress made since her first visit in June.
She saw that efforts had been made to provide more learning facilities in IDP camps and encouraged counterparts to continue providing greater access on joint education opportunities.
The SESG also underlined the need for dignified and durable solutions to end displacement in line with the recommendations of the Advisory Commission.
“Closing the IDP camps is not enough. The IDPs full human rights need to be respected: starting with equal access to education and health, and freedom of movement. They have to be able to live in safety and security. This will be the most positive incentive for the refugees in Bangladesh to return. Knowing that the UN and its partners are present at their places of return, will give the returnees confidence and trust in the process.”
She also emphasized the need for greater domestic and foreign investment in the region, one of Myanmar’s poorest which urgently requires inclusive development.
In Kachin state, the SESG also engaged with IDPs in camps around Myitkyina, some of whom have been displaced since 2011 without job prospects or hope of returning to their places of origin, due to land-mines and lack of security.
She took note of the increasingly limited humanitarian access which affected the availability of medical assistance and aid.
The SESG encouraged all stakeholders concerned to find constructive solutions for the benefit of the suffering civilians, especially the women and children.
“Ultimately, only peace and a genuine political dialogue can address these problems.”
On the occasion of the third anniversary of the signing of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, the SESG expressed her deep concern about the intensified fighting in the North.
She acknowledged the efforts made by the Government to start informal negotiations at the decision-making level with the signatory ethnic armed organisations.
The SESG stressed the need for patience and more trust-building and offered to serve as a bridge.
She called for greater inclusiveness and underlined her readiness to engage closely with all stakeholders in helping advance the peace process towards a homegrown solution.
The SESG exchanged views on Myanmar’s democratic transition, including on freedom of the press and rule of law.
In order to further peaceful co-existence, which needs time, she urged the Union government to undertake a public “Zero Tolerance for Discrimination” campaign at the highest level.
Appreciating the willingness of the Myanmar authorities to engage with her closely, she will continue to focus her efforts on strengthening engagement between Myanmar and the international community towards a more tolerant, democratic and inclusive society that recognizes diversity as an asset.