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PM flies to Madrid to join COP25 Sunday

  • Published at 01:46 pm November 29th, 2019
Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

COP25 is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Madrid on Sunday for a three-day official visit to attend the 25th Annual Conference of Parties (COP25).

The conference will held on December 2-3 under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

A special Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka carrying the premier and her entourage members on Sunday morning, reports BSS.

The flight will land at Madrid Torrejon Airport at 5:40pm (Spanish time).

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Tourism Organization Hassan Mahmood Khandker will receive the prime minister at the airport.

From the airport, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the prime minister to Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid where she will be staying during her visit to Spain.

On Monday morning, the prime minister will attend the inaugural ceremony of the COP25 at Feria de Madrid, the largest exhibition complex in Spain, one of the most important venues in Europe.

Later, she will join the Working Session of the COP25 and hold a bilateral meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

After attending the official luncheon, Sheikh Hasina will again join the Working Session of the COP25.

She is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Spanish President Pedro Sanchez.

On Monday evening the Prime Minister will join a reception to be hosted by the King and the Queen of Spain at the Royal Palace.

Wrapping up her three-day tour, Sheikh Hasina will depart from Madrid for Dhaka by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight at 9am on Tuesday (local time).

The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 12:40am on Wednesday.

The 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, will incorporate the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 15th meeting of the parties for the Kyoto Protocol (CMP15), and the second meeting of the parties for the Paris Agreement (CMA2).

The president-designate for the conference is Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The conference was planned to be held in Brazil in November 2019, but a year before, the newly-elected President Jair Bolsonaro withdrew the offer to host the event, citing economic reasons.

Chile then stepped up and became the new host, but social unrest in October 2019 forced it to withdraw from hosting the event

After a mutual agreement between the UN, Chile, and Spain, the latter became the new host.