Bangabandhu Lounge opened at Bangladesh Permanent Mission of UN

Diplomatic Correspondent

16 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu Lounge opened at Bangladesh Permanent Mission of UN

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cuts a ribbon to inaugurate ‘Bangabandhu Lounge’ at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday. —SUN PHOTO

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has formally inaugurated the newly established Bangabandhu Lounge at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission of the United Nations in New York.

The lounge has been set up as part of the observance of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.

“The lounge houses a rich collection of books, photos, documentaries, and graphical display on the life and work of the Father of the Nation. It demonstrates Bangabandhu’s trust and faith in multilateralism, particularly the UN.” said the Foreign Minister while inaugurating the Lounge on Monday.

He also expressed his interest to contribute in the lounge with more books and other display materials.

“The lounge was set up last year but it couldn’t be formally inaugurated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to have Foreign Minister among us to finally inaugurate the lounge. This lounge will serve as a reminder of Bangabandhu’s legacy and vision for world peace,” said Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN.

This lounge will be also used as a venue for high level meetings of visiting dignitaries from the UN and the member states offering an opportunity to them to learn about Bangabandhu’s ideals and visions.

Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh joined the UN in 1974 and since then it is playing an outstanding role in multilateral system, said a statement of the Bangladesh Permanent Mission on Tuesday.

Currently, Bangladesh is serving as the Vice-President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, facilitating the intergovernmental consultations on the alignment of the agendas of the UN General Assembly and co-chairing the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to be held from January 23 to 27, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

This year, it has also been elected as a Vice-President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Later in the afternoon, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister met Atul Khare, Under Secretary General, Department of Operational Support at the UN Secretariat.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister Momen reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to peacekeeping and thanked the Under Secretary General for their support to Bangladesh, especially for including Bangladesh Biman to transport the peacekeepers to the field.

USG Khare expressed his deep appreciation to Bangladesh for their contribution to peacekeeping. He thanked Bangladesh for its leadership in implementing the UN’s environmental strategy in the field.

Khare also appreciated Bangladesh’s readiness to deploy peacekeepers with enabling assets. He also welcomed the proposal of Foreign Minister to invest in strategic communications showcasing women in peacekeeping in an effort to increase participation of women in peacekeeping.

The Foreign Minister invited Atul Khare to visit Bangladesh at an opportune moment and share his insights on peacekeeping with the audience in Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister Momen arrived in New York on June 13 to attend important meetings at the United Nations. 

Among others, he will attend the Joint Thematic event on LDCs at the United Nations General Assembly, and two important events “The current Situation in Myanmar: implication for the Rohingya minority” and “Building Resilience for Sustainable and Irreversible Graduation of the LDCs” organised by Bangladesh, along with other UN Member States and UN Secretariat.

He is scheduled to meet UN Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly and other High Level UN dignitaries during his week-long visit.


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