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Need more funds for climate change mitigation: Momen at the UN

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Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen stressed the importance of increasing funds for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

During his meeting with the President of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, at the UN headquarters in New York, Friday, September 30, 2022, Momen also mentioned that the commitment to provide 100 billion dollars per year should be materialized. as soon as possible.

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The President of the UNGA expressed his support on this issue.

Regarding the Rohingya issue, the Foreign Minister highlighted the measures taken by the Government of Bangladesh on various issues, including the management of Covid-19 and the education of Rohingya children in their own language.

Momen also expressed his displeasure that not a single Rohingya has yet been repatriated to Myanmar.

In response, the UNGA President hailed Bangladesh’s role in providing shelter and humanitarian aid to the Rohingya.

He also said the crisis was unacceptable, according to the Bangladesh Mission in New York.

Csaba Kőrösi hailed Bangladesh’s remarkable leadership, productive engagement and significant contribution in recent times to various UN initiatives.

At the start of the meeting, Momen presented two proposals.

This is to organize a high-level event on “the review of the implementation of the SDGs” and to take the initiative to create a forum of ministers of finance, foreign affairs and development of developing countries within the framework of South-South cooperation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about funding gaps when implementing the SDGs, especially given the Covid-19 pandemic.

The proposed high-level event will be an opportunity to review progress made in the implementation of the SDGs and the way forward to address funding gaps, the GF added.

The Foreign Minister also mentioned that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been able to sustain satisfactory GDP growth even amid the pandemic.

Momen invited the UNGA President to visit Bangladesh at an appropriate time.

MEETING WITH THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR UNITED NATIONS PEACE OPERATIONS

During a meeting with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said that Bangladesh has always played a leading role in peacekeeping operations. peace of the United Nations and will continue to do so.

He mentioned that Bangladesh is ready to provide Quick Reaction Force (QRF), Base Defense Contingent, Infantry Contingent and Police Contingent in future. In addition, the foreign minister also called for the appointment of senior military and civilian officers at the top level, especially the force commanders.

Momen called for using Bangladesh’s expertise, experience and best practices to build lasting peace in countries in conflict.

He also reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to increase the number of female peacekeepers.

He invited the United States Government to visit Bangladesh, in particular to participate in the upcoming international seminar on women, peace and security and the 26th annual conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC). ).

Lacroix commended the Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their dedication, responsibility and professional skills in United Nations peace operations.

He thanked Bangladesh for the recent deployment of the Bangladesh Infantry Battalion in Abeyi, Sudan, armored helicopter contingents and the Rapid Reaction Force in Mali, hospital units in Central Africa and the deployment of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) in the Congo.

Lacroix expressed hope that Bangladesh will continue to contribute to United Nations peacekeeping operations, including female peacekeepers.