Three top United Nations officials will begin their three-day joint visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday to highlight the ongoing need for support for the humanitarian assistance to over a million Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar.
The three officials are UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vitorino and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.In the capital, the delegation will hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen to explore the ways the international community can provide further support to Bangladesh as host to the Rohingya, according to UNHCR.
The delegation will then travel to Cox’s Bazar to meet refugees, assess preparations underway ahead of the monsoon and visit projects, including those involving food distribution and shelters.
They will also meet the Rohingyas working as volunteers, and observe a UNHCR-Bangladesh government registration exercise designed to provide identity cards to all refugees, ensuring their access to aid services and protection as well as establishing their right to return to Myanmar.
The aim of the visit is to highlight the need to continue strong international support for the humanitarian response while solutions for the Rohingya are pursued, including the creation of conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State that would allow for the voluntary, safe and dignified return of the refugees to their homes.