April 18, 2024, 12:39 pm

Diplomatic correspondent

2024-02-12 19:03:58 BdST

Munich Security ConfBangladesh to highlight its position on important issues

Bangladesh will uphold its position on various national and international issues at the 3-day Munich Security Conference 2024 that will begin in Germany on February 16.

Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina will attend the the global conference at the invitation of Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC).

"With participation of the Prime Minister in this conference, it is expected to create opportunities for bilateral meetings with world leaders apart from upholding Bangladesh's position on various national and international issues," said Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seheli Sabrin.

Officials are now finalizing the programmes for the Prime Minister.

Around 50 Heads of State or Government, over 100 ministers as well as the leaders of many key international and civil society organizations are expected for this year’s anniversary edition.

The state and future of the international order, much-needed reforms of multilateral governance mechanisms, regional conflicts, transnational challenges such as climate and food insecurity, as well as Europe’s role in the world will be at the center of the discussions in Munich.

In addition to the official programme, the MSC will once again host a multitude of events for the interested public.

While the security landscape has evolved dramatically since the Munich Security Conference (MSC) was founded more than 60 years ago, its mission has not changed an inch.

It still seeks to enable and promote a constructive dialogue on the most important security challenges of our time.

Naturally, this ambition is also at the heart of this year’s anniversary conference which comes at particularly trying times.

The 60th Munich Security Conference is expected to be the most diverse yet with well over 100 countries represented with official delegations, said the organisers.

In line with its efforts over the last couple of years, the MSC has placed special emphasis on including countries and actors from the so-called “Global South” in all aspects of the programing in order to ensure the most inclusive debates possible.

Against this backdrop, the MSC 2024 will offer a unique opportunity to search, find, and promote solutions to shared security concerns.

Prog of the MSC 2024

On Friday, the conference’s main program will kick off with a focus on global security challenges, including the future of global governance and multilateralism, democratic resilience, climate security, nuclear security, migration, and the future of AI.

Discussions on the state of the international order as well as regional conflicts and crises – ranging from Ukraine to Sudan and the Middle East - will be at the top of the agenda on Saturday.

On Sunday, the conference will close with discussions on Europe’s role in the world and its relations with partners. As always, a detailed agenda of the MSC 2024 will only be published shortly before the conference begins.

Formats at the MSC 2024

The MSC 2024 will once again serve as a marketplace for ideas and create space for as many relevant and consequential debates as possible.

As in previous years, the conference’s program is divided into three parts: the main program curated by the MSC, around 200 official side events hosted be leading research institutions and other partners from around the world, and dozens of public outreach events.

All formats are governed by the Munich Rule, which calls for maximum interaction between speakers and participants, true to the motto: Engage and interact with each other. Don’t lecture or ignore one another.

Outreach Events at the MSC 2024

In addition to the official programme, the MSC will host a variety of public events during the conference week, including an edition of its Zeitenwende on Tour Townhall, the fifth edition of its Innovation Night, a Policy Concert featuring prominent artists and discussants, and three evenings of its Security & Literature Series.

The first evening of the Security and Literature Series will focus on the “Global South”.

The second evening of the series will focus on this year’s Guest of Honor of the Frankfurt Bookfair, Italy.

The third evening of the series will focus on the war in Ukraine, particularly on the works of authors Volodymyr Vakulenko and Viktoria Amelina who were killed in Russian attacks.

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