H.E. Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith presented his credentials to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge, as the Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to ISA, during a ceremony held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 16 March 2023.

Ambassador Muhith is the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York. A career diplomat, Ambassador Muhith joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1993. Before this appointment,Ambassador Muhith was an ambassador of Bangladesh to Austria with concurrent accreditation to Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia, an ambassador of Bangladesh to Denmark with concurrent accreditation to Estonia and Iceland, and a Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Vienna. Ambassador Muhith is a Vice-President of the United Nations Development Programme/ United Nations Population Fund/ United Nations Office for Project Services Executive Board for 2023. Before that, he served as the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission and President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

During the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Muhith mentioned that Bangladesh deeply values the work of ISA in organizing, controlling and managing the activities in the deep seabed area for the greater benefit of humankind. “Following the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes with two neighboring countries under the dynamic leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the blue economy has emerged as a promising development frontier for our economy. We need enhanced cooperation between Bangladesh and ISA in capacity-building and technology transfer for the conservation, scientific management and efficient utilization of our marine resources,” he added.

Secretary-General Lodge welcomed Ambassador Muhith as the new Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to ISA. “I look forward to continuing working closely with Bangladesh to advance the legal regime for the Area and to ensure that Member States like Bangladesh can benefit fully, through tailored capacity-building initiatives and transfer of technology, from the opportunities offered by UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement,” he said.

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