This morning, UN Under-Secretaries General Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Catherine Pollard paid Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a courtesy call at her official Ganabhaban house in Dhaka.
They lauded Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their efforts to keep peace in troubled UN member countries.
They discussed a variety of problems at the conference, including UN peacekeeping operations, climate change, and women’s security.
Ihsanul Karim, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, informed journalists following the meeting.
During the discussion, UN representatives stated that the UN has successfully completed 75 years of peacekeeping operations.
In this context, the Prime Minister stated that Bangladesh has been contributing to UN peacekeeping missions with the utmost dedication and professionalism for almost three decades.
She stated that Bangladesh is the greatest contributor of troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
“Some 7,500 Bangladeshi male and female persons are employed in nine UN peacekeeping missions around the globe,” she said.
Catherine Pollard expressed gratitude to the prime minister for Bangladesh’s contribution to the trust fund established to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.
In response, Sheikh Hasina stated that Bangladesh is deeply dedicated to increasing women’s security and participation (in UN peacekeeping deployments).
She emphasized her government’s policy of “zero tolerance” for sexual exploitation and abuse.
Sheikh Hasina stated that Bangladesh has taken severe punitive actions against anybody found guilty in this probe.
Concerning climate change, the Prime Minister stated that Bangladesh is a vulnerable country, and her administration is implementing mitigation and adaptation programs with its own budget to combat the negative effects of climate change.
PM’s Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Waker-Uz-Zaman, Inspector General of Police Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the United Nations Muhammad Abdul Muhith were present during the meeting.