New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, delivered a speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA session in New York.

The United Nations General Assembly session is currently going on in New York. Multiple states have delivered their speeches in the general debate session. The theme of this year’s UNGA is “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”.  Climate change, natural disasters, and the Ukraine war are a few most popularly discussed issues in UNGA 2022.

Speech of Prime Minister of Bangladesh

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, in her speech, stated that a global order continued to be her country’s guiding vision in its national development. She reaffirmed the complete support of her government for the Palestinian people. The global order, in context, is based on peaceful coexistence, social justice, and freedom from poverty, hunger, exploitation, and justice.

“The war in Ukraine and the associated sanctions must end right away,” according to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, for the protection of lives and livelihoods around the world.

“Due to sanctions, and counter-sanctions, not a single country, rather the entire mankind, including women and children, is punished,” Hasina told the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, pointing to her own country’s high inflation.

Hasina also made note of the unprecedented migration of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh. The country has provided asylum to more than 1 million refugees. The issue began five years ago in neighboring Myanmar. According to Hasina, efforts should be made to return them to Myanmar.

“Not a single Rohingya was repatriated to their ancestral home Myanmar, despite our bilateral engagements with Myanmar, discussions with partners in trilateral format and engagements with the U.N. and other partners to assist Myanmar to create necessary conditions for safe and dignified repatriation,” she said.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister also claimed that the situation could even incite radicalism. She even said that the security and stability of the area as well as beyond may be impacted if the issue continues.

“Therefore, in order to gain the trust and confidence of the people at all levels, the United Nations must lead from the front and work to fulfill the expectations of all,” she noted.