Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the newly established Bangabandhu Lounge at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN in New York on Monday.
The lounge, which houses a rich collection of books, photos, documentaries, and graphical display on the life and work of the Father of the Nation, has been set up as part of the observance of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.
“It demonstrates Bangabandhu’s trust and faith in multilateralism; particularly the UN,” said the minister while inaugurating the lounge, according to a statement of the permanent mission.
At the inaugural event, Momen expressed his interest to contribute to the lounge with more books and display materials.
The lounge was set up last year, but could not be formally inaugurated due to pandemic.
“This lounge will serve as a reminder of Bangabandhu’s legacy and vision for world peace,” said Ambassador Rabab Fatima.
This lounge will also be used as a venue for high level meetings of visiting dignitaries from the UN and the member states — offering an opportunity for them to learn about Bangabandhu’s ideals and visions.
Under the leadership of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh joined the UN in 1974 and since then it has been playing an outstanding role in multilateral system. Currently Bangladesh is serving as the vice-president of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board.
This year, it has also been elected a vice-president of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.