PM flies to Spain on Sunday to join COP25

DHAKA Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave

Dhaka for Madrid on Sunday on a three-day official visit to Spain to join the

Heads of State and Government Summit of the 25th Annual Conference of

Parties (COP25).

The COP25 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) will be held on December 2-13 in Madrid under the Presidency of

Chile and with logistical support from Spain.

Prime Minister's Office (PMO) sources said a Biman Bangladesh Airlines

special flight carrying the premier and her entourage members will take off

from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here for Madrid on Sunday

morning.

The flight is scheduled to land at Madrid Torrejon Airport at 5:40pm (local

time).

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Tourism

Organization Hassan Mahmood Khandker will receive the prime minister at the

airport.

After the reception at 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 and 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.

Sheikh Hasina will attend the official luncheon and will again join the

Working Session in the afternoon.

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

Sanchez.

The prime minister will join a reception to be hosted by the King and the

Queen of Spain at Royal Palace on Monday evening.

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

(HSIA) here 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 Ms. 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 its planned start, newly-elected President Jair Bolsonaro

withdrew the offer to host the event, citing economic reason.

Then Chile stepped up and became the new host, but social unrest in the

lead up to the meeting forced it late October 2019 to withdraw from hosting.

Then by mutual agreement between the UN, Chile, and Spain, the latter became

the new host.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)