The United Nations has announced its Secretary-General António Guterres will travel to Bangladesh in a joint visit with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
The visit from July 1 would highlight the “generosity” of Bangladesh in hosting the largest refugee influx of 2017 and the need for the international community to do more, the UN said.
The visit also aims to lay the ground for further dialogue with the government of Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and World Bank’s support for finding “comprehensive solutions” to the situation of the Rohingya people.
In Dhaka, the secretary-general and the president of the World Bank Group will have bilateral meetings with Bangladeshi authorities, including with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On July 2, they will travel to Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya refugee communities and humanitarian workers, and advocate for more donor support.
The chiefs of the UN and World Bank will be accompanied by High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Executive Director of the UN Population Fund Natalia Kanem.
They will review the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees in line with international standards, the UN said.
Secretary-General Guterres is expected back in New York on July 3, according to the announcement from the UN headquarters in New York.