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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bangladesh a showcase to world: Ban Ki-moon

UN general secretary Ban Ki Moon has arrived in Dhaka on three days official visit to Bangladesh.he is scheduled attend an international conference on climate change and visit Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training- dedicated to training of UN peacekeepers during his tour.

 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday his organisation wants to use Bangladesh’s achievement in the field of child and maternal health as a showcase to the world.
“I am very impressed to see the remarkable achievement of Bangladesh government in reducing child and maternal mortality rates. The government is doing an excellent job,” he said.
The UN chief was speaking at a ‘courtyard meeting’ with expectant mothers at Mobarakpur, a remote village of Moulvibazar on Tuesday.
He went there to visit a community clinic serving expectant mothers and newborns.
The UN and Bangladesh will invest more on improving women and children health in the country, Ban told the expectant mothers sitting on mat at a house adjacent to the clinic at Kulaura upazila of the district.

 opposite party leader Khaleda Zia at her meeting with Ban Ki-moon

A road map to face together the causes, consequences, and collateral effects of climate change, based on the positive momentum sparked by the Copenhagen and Cancun meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Environment ministers from 11 countries and observers from 8 countries took part in the conference.
“I am very happy to be here in Mobarakpur. I am here to see how the community clinic is functioning to give services to women and children,” he said.
The UN chief, who came to Bangladesh Sunday evening on a three-day official tour.
“You are the hope and future of the world,” he told the jubilant adolescents after shaking hands with them.
When they asked him how he felt to be with them, he replied: “I am very hopeful and encouraged to be here.”
Showcase the progress and leadership of these countries in advancing women’s and children health in the context of the “every women every child” effort he initiated in 2010.
Earlier, the helicopter carrying the UN chief landed at Salna Primary School around 10:35am, reports our correspondent covering the event.
The clinic is a joint initiative by the government and United Nations Development Programmer (UNDP) to improve maternal and neonatal health.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, United Nations Population Fund, World Heath Organization and United Nations Children's Fund jointly implemented the project with the financial support of the UK Department for International Development, European Union and Canadian International Development Agency.
The clinic was established in 1999 and since July this year six women gave birth with the help of birth attendants.
In Dhaka, Ban jointly with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address a Climate Vulnerable Forum meeting on Monday.
Bangladesh State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury received him at Shahjalal International Airport at 8 p.m. (local time), reported Xinhua.

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