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UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon Arrives in Bangladesh
On His First Leg of 3-Nation Tour of Southeast Asia
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon

DHAKA — United Nations Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon arrived here on Nov. 13 (Sunday), 2011 on a four-day visit to Bangladesh on the first leg of his three-nation tour of South and Southeast Asia.

An Emirates Airline flight carrying Ban Ki-Moon and his entourage, including his wife, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8 p.m.

On arrival at the airport, the UN chief executive and his wife Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-Taek were received by State Minister for Women and Children`s Affairs, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and given a warm welcome.

"Ban has come to Bangladesh at the invitation of foreign minister Dr. Dipu Moni," Shamim Ahsan, DG, external publicity wing of the foreign ministry, told journalists.

An important purpose of his visit is to showcase the progress and leadership of these countries in advancing women and children’s health in the context of the “Every Woman, Every Child” effort he initiated in 2010.

Ban is scheduled to attend an international conference on climate change and visit Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training — dedicated to the training of UN peacekeepers — during his tour. Besides holding meetings with top government and opposition officials and private-sector leaders, the UN chief is also expected to meet the family members of some slain UN peacekeepers, according to a release of the United Nations office in Dhaka.

According to a foreign ministry official source, Moon’s visit, his second after the maiden tour in November 2008, will be marked by high-level discussions at political and private levels.

The UN chief executive is scheduled to meet President M Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader in parliament Khaleda Zia, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni.

He will deliver a public address at the University of Dhaka, where the honorary degree "Doctor of Laws" will be conferred upon him for his outstanding contribution to efforts for establishing world peace.

Ban Ki-Moon will visit a community clinic in the northeastern district of Moulvibazar.

He is scheduled to visit the National Mausoleum in Savar, Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) and a rural health facility in Narail.

He will also meet with the families of those peacekeepers who perished in the line of duty.

The chief executive of the United Nations will go to Narail on Nov. 15, Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Sanjit Kumar Saha said, “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is scheduled to visit the hospital to observe the activities under a project undertaken for prevention of maternal and child mortality.”



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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for the Seoul Times. He earned his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic experience including his stints at The Daily Janata and The Dainik Bangla.

 

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