During her address to the 78th UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reaffirmed Bangladesh's commitment to advocating for the rights of Palestinians, particularly on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Nakba. The Nakba marks the displacement of Palestinians in 1948 when Israel declared its independence on Palestinian lands, resulting in forced migrations.
Prime Minister Hasina expressed concern over the ongoing denial of Palestinian rights. She emphasized Bangladesh's dedication to promoting global peace and security by participating in UN peacekeeping missions. Notably, she mentioned that 188,000 Bangladeshi individuals, including women, have served in 55 operations across 40 countries as part of these peacekeeping efforts.
Hasina also underscored Bangladesh's unwavering stance against terrorism and violent extremism, emphasizing that actions that disrupt social harmony and peaceful coexistence among people of different beliefs are grave crimes.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Hasina drew attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis, noting that it has been six years since Rohingya immigrants were forced to leave their homes and countries. She expressed the displaced Rohingya's desire to return to their homeland and live in peace.
Addressing the pressing issue of the climate crisis, Hasina highlighted that Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable countries to climate-related challenges worldwide.
She also pointed out that global crises in recent years have driven up the prices of essential commodities, such as food and energy, and expressed gratitude to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for establishing the Food, Energy, and Finance Global Crisis Response Group in 2022 to address these crises on a global scale.