Sunday, 26 September, 2021

FM to attend series of programmes in Switzerland, Netherlands

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will attend the Asia-Pacific regional review meeting on the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action in preparation for the fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UNLDC-5).

Dr Momen said Bangladesh and Canada will co-chair the event in Geneva that will continue till September 2 beginning from Monday, reports UNB.

The Foreign Minister, who left for Geneva on Sunday morning, will deliver a statement at the event.

The 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will be held in Doha on January 23-27, 2022.

While in Geneva, Dr Momen is also expected to have meetings with Heads of different UN agencies.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), where  former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the Chair, will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on September 6-7.

Dr Momen is a Board Member of the GCA, and he will participate in the meeting.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, COP26 President Designate from UK Alok Sharma and several Ministers from the Climate  Vulnerable Forum (CVF) member states will also participate, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UNB.

Bangladesh is the current chair of the CVF. Dr Momen will also have bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Sigrid Kaag.

There will be another event on “How can floating development help adaptation to climate change?” which will bring together Dutch experts with experts on vulnerable housing in the South to discuss how to upscale innovative floating development adaptation solutions.

The Foreign Minister is likely to return home on September 9.