Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Paris today on a three-day official visit to join the One Planet Summit.
“The premier is going to Paris to join the One Planet Summit to be held on Tuesday,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said at a press briefing at his ministry on Sunday.
“French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary General António Guterres, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim jointly invited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the visit,” the minister said.
During the visit, Hasina is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Macron. “The two leaders will discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral issues, including Rohingya crisis,” Mahmood said.
“They will also discuss bilateral trade, investment, cooperation in achieving SDGs, political consultations, maritime economy and Bangabandhu Satellite,” he continued.
The foreign minister and other government dignitaries will accompany the prime minister during her visit.
Minister Ali maintained that on the occasion of the second anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement, the world leaders will set specific goals of facing the climate change at the summit.
He noted that they would emphasise the need for introducing innovative and implementable initiatives in this regard to fight the adverse impacts of climate change.
Sheikh Hasina, along with other heads of states and governments, will take part in the high-level segment of the summit.
“The heads of states and governments will discuss specific seven initiatives, including Carbon Neutral Alliance, and Anti-coal Alliance,” he said.
At the summit, the premier would announce specific proposals for future action plans to face the climate change impacts.
“Hasina will also highlight the initiatives taken by Bangladesh in achieving the goals of sustainable development and facing climate changes,” Ali maintained.
Citing Bangladesh as the worst victim of climate change, the minister said, “My government has undertaken important moves for adaptation and mitigation of the impact of climate change.”
He also expressed hope that the visit would strengthen the foundation of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and France.
The prime minister is expected to return home on Thursday, wrapping up his three-day visit.