PM Hasina returns from Switzerland

PM Sheikh HasinaFile photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday returned home from Geneva, Switzerland after attending the "World of Work Summit: Social Justice for All" held on 14-15 June.

A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 01:55 am.

The flight departed Geneva International Airport at 11.50am Geneva time (3.50pm BST).

Earlier, on 13 June, Sheikh Hasina reached Geneva on a four-day official visit to Switzerland.

On 14 June, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief Flippo Grandi called on the prime minister at her place of residence.

Later, the prime minister called on president of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset at Palais de Nations. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Knowledge and Skills enhancement between Bangladesh and Switzerland was signed there.

In the afternoon, the PM Sheikh Hasina addressed the plenary of "World of Work Summit 2023" at Palais de Nations.

PM Sheikh Hasina also had a call with president of Malta George Vella, followed by a meeting with ILO Director General Gilbert F Houngbo.

Later in the evening, the prime minister attended a dinner with high level dignitaries hosted by the DG ILO at its headquarters.

On 15 June, she joined "A talk at the WEF", followed by a meeting with founder of WEF Prof Klaus Schwab at WEF Office.

There, she addressed the event on "New Economy and Society in Smart Bangladesh" organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In the evening, WTO director general Okonjo-Iweala called on her at her place of residence. She also attended a community reception in the evening.

"The World of Work Summit 2023: Social Justice for All" is a high-level forum for global voices to address the need for increased, coordinated and coherent action in support of social justice.

It provided an opportunity to discuss and inform the proposal to forge a global coalition for social justice, which was welcomed by the Governing body of the International Labour Office at its 347th Session.

A number of high-level guests as well as representatives of employers and workers addressed the conference.

The two-day summit highlighted the key role of social justice in creating a more sustainable and equitable world and discussed strategies for increased and better-aligned joint action to advance social justice and ensure policy coherence.