Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrives in Rome to attend United Nations food conference

Bangladesh Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina on Sunday, July 23 arrived in Rome at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General to attend the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit

The three-day summit will open at Italy’s capital city on Monday, July 24. The Prime Minister and her entourage flew from Dhaka by a regular flight of Qatar Airways. It landed at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 1:40pm local time (05:40 pm BST). The flight earlier departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 05:05am.

The summit will be held at the Headquarters of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) titled ‘United Nations Food Systems +2 Stocktaking Moment’ (UNFSS+2). The theme is:  ‘Sustainable Food Systems for People, Planet and Prosperity: Diverse Pathways in a Shared Journey.’

During Prime Minister’s stay in Italy, she will also hold a bilateral meeting with her Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni on Tuesday, July 25.

Among others, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to speak at the event. On Monday, PM Sheikh Hasina will address the opening ceremony of the summit as a special guest.

Sheikh Hasina will join a plenary session on food systems and climate action at FAO headquarters. And she will hold talks separately with FAO Director General Qu Dongyu and President of International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) Alvaro Lario.

Hasina will join the inauguration ceremony of the Bangladesh-Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Room at the FAO headquarters and take part a reception to be hosted by the FAO Director General at the same day.

Two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on ‘cooperation in the field of energy’ and ‘cultural exchange programme’ are expected to be signed between the two countries during Prime Minister’s visit.

In addition, Sheikh Hasina will join a regional envoy conference that will be held with participation of 15 Bangladeshi envoys stationed in Europe, and a community event on Tuesday, July 25.

The premier is expected to leave Rome for Bangladesh wrapping up her visit on Wednesday, July 26.



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