UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praises strong leadership of PM Sheikh Hasina

Hasina, Ban Ki-moon

PM Sheikh Hasina and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has highly acclaimed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her commendable role and strong leadership for strengthening democracy, achieving social uplift and the UN set MDG goal-4. “You are the champion of democracy. Your prudent leadership and commitment to people’s welfare would help achieve the UN set all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Bangladesh soon,” he said. The UN Secretary General said this as the Bangladesh premier held a meeting with him at the UN building here yesterday afternoon (local time). Earlier, the Prime Minister passed a hectic day as she was interviewed by the News Week, BBC and Voice of America (VOA). Ban Ki-moon also appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s strong leadership in the last COP-15 in Copenhagen for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Bangladesh’s preparedness in tackling adverse impact of global climate change. Congratulating Sheikh Hasina for securing the MDG award by the UN in recognition of achieving the MDG goal-4, the UN Secretary General expressed the hope that Bangladesh would be able to achieve the rest of the goals in future under her prudent leadership. Mr. Ban Ki-moon also lauded the role of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the UN peace-keeping missions and said that the UN is closely monitoring the development of Bangladesh and he assured of the UN support for its development endeavors. During the meeting, Sheikh Hasina lauded the UN Secretary General for his sincere and relentless efforts in making the UN a more dynamic and functional institutions saying, “You undertook a number of reform initiatives that reflected your openness to new and innovative ideas”. The Prime Minister reiterated her call to the UN Secretary General to appoint Bangladeshi peacekeepers to the policy making and administrative bodies of the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) as a largest troops contributing country. Regarding achieving the MDG award in recognition of reducing child mortality rate in Bangladesh, she informed the UN Secretary General that Bangladesh is at the threshold of achieving at least three MDGs soon.