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UNGA discussion can make pressure on Myanmar: PM

Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said international pressure on Myanmar would continue for a permanent solution as the issue of the Rohingya crisis was widely discussed in the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.
She said: “The elaborate discussion on the issue will, I believe, (help) continue global pressure on Myanmar for bringing back their Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.”
The premier was briefing newsmen about the outcome of Bangladesh’s participation in the 76th UNGA session. The participation of the Bangladesh delegation in the session would strengthen Dhaka’s position in the multilateral forum and expand the scope of getting international cooperation to the issues involving Bangladesh’s interest, she hoped.
PM said that she also inaugurated “Bangladesh House” in Maryland of the USA that carries the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Besides, the main focus of this UNGA session was sustainable transition from the pandemic, pining point “expectation” in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sheikh Hasina said.The universal accessibility and availability of COVID vaccines and sustainable recovery from the pandemic have naturally dominated the discussion, she added.
Besides, issues like climate change, women’s empowerment, equality and inclusion, racism, sustainable development goals and disarmament of nuclear weapons have also come up in the discussion, the premier added.
In the very first day of her visit on September 20 she was conferred with “SDG Progress Award” by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for Bangladesh’s highest success in attaining SDG during 2015-2020. SDSN President and renowned economist Professor Jeffery Sachs handed over the award to her, she said.
“This award is a global recognition of Bangladesh’s steadfast development even during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that’s why I dedicated this award to the people of the country in my thanksgiving speech,” the premier said.

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