Published:  03:07 AM, 12 July 2019

Heine, Ban Ki-moon wrap up visit

Marshall Island President Dr Hilda Heine and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon left Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon wrapping up their two-day visit.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen saw Marshal Island President Heine and Ban Ki-moon off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, said an official. Both of them arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday to attend the 'Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation' inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday at InterContinental Dhaka.

Ban Ki-moon, the current chair of Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), addressed a session titled 'Way forward and next step towards climate change adaptation' apart from delivering speech in the inaugural session. In the opening session of the meeting, Dr Hilda and CGA CO-Chair Dr Kristaline Georgieva spoke apart from the Bangladesh prime minister while foreign minister Momen delivered the welcome address.

The meeting ended at noon with the remarks of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister M Shahab Uddin.Different sessions titled 'community dialogue', 'action tacks - mobilizing accelerated adaptation and support', and 'mobilizing a global audience - communication tools and events' took place after the inaugural session.

Dr Heine and Ban Ki-moon also visited Cox's Bazar district. While visiting the Rohingya camp, the former UN secretary general expressed his fears that the issue would eventually be an unbearable crisis for Bangladesh as he criticized Myanmar for its visible reluctance to take back the forcibly displaced people."It is not possible for Bangladesh to host such a large number of Rohingyas for long," he told journalists in Cox's Bazar.

The former South Korean diplomat, who subsequently served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations for two consecutive terms from January 2007 to December 2016, said Rohingyas appeared as a huge "burden" for a country like Bangladesh.

During her visit, the Marshal Island president also held meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Tuesday where she lauded the role of Bangladesh government on the climate change resilience issue.

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