Hasina urges global leaders to ensure migrants' rights

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10th December, 2016 12:59:48 printer

Hasina urges global leaders to ensure migrants' rights

Sheikh Hasina urges global leaders to protect the migrant’s rights regardless of legal status. Bangladeshi migrants pictured in this photo held at Aceh detention centre in Indonesia face uncertain future.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has pressed global leaders to work together for lifting the migrants from misery and ensuring their dignity. The premier told Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Dhaka that migrants’ rights need to be protected- in all situations, regardless of their status.


As the global sustainable development goals, popularly known as Agenda 2030, recognizes migration as a key enabler of sustainable development. In order to realize these, we need to identify convergence of our interests, balance our needs, aspirations, security concerns and opportunities, she said while addressing the 9th GFMD Summit at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka this morning, reports BSS.


Representatives from 125 countries and over 30 UN agencies, international organizations, global civil society, and business are participating in the three-day GFMD Summit.


She said Bangladesh proposed a comprehensive Global Compact for Migration Governance at the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees and the proposal was accepted in September. ‘I was happy to see that the world accepted our ideas of a migration compact ... now, we are working with states and civil society to push for a comprehensive Global Compact of Migrants and Refugees that should get adopted in 2018 at the UN,’ she said.


Sheikh Hasina said it is time for the GFMD to speak candidly and boldly. ‘I am happy that GFMD will focus on some of the challenging issues, like migrants in situations of crisis and conflicts, migration governance, diversity and harmony,’ she said. The premier also thanked all concerned for supporting the Bangladesh Chairmanship of GFMD.


Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, representing the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO), Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, representing the Chair of the Global Migration Group (GMG), and Francois Fouinat, Senior Adviser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for International Migration, spoke at the function.


A video message of UN Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres was broadcast at the function, while Colin Rajah, Chair of Ninth GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD), presented a report on GFMD 2016 on behalf of the civil society.


Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali delivered the address of welcome, while LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc also addressed.