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                                                                         Wali-ur Rahman
Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (1997-1998)
Aide to Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on ICTBD
Founder Chairman, Bangladesh Heritage Foundation National Security and Counter Terrorism, Law & Jurisprudence
 Joined Pakistan Foreign Service in 1966. He resigned in Geneva in 1971, in protest against the Pakistan military action in Bangladesh and declared allegiance to the Mujibnagar Government.
  National and International Coordinator, Task Force for bringing back the alleged murderers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from abroad.
  As Special Envoy of the Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited South Africa to invite Mr. Nelson Mandela to Bangladesh on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of Independence. He was in charge of invitation all Foreign Guests to our Silver Jubilee celebration.
  In 1972 I was involved in the drafting and fine-tuning of International War Crimes Tribunals with the assistance ICJ and Max Plank Institute of International Criminal Law at Freibourg, West Germany along with Former Law Minister.
Education:B.A. Honours in English Language and Literature, Dhaka University, 1965 with Distinction, studied History, Philosophy and Economics as subsidiary subject. 
Oxford 1974-1975     : Studied at OXFORD University. Student of Trinity College.                                               Completed Dissertation on International Politics, Diplomacy, International Trade and Finance and International Law and law of the Sea-Under Prof. Alaistair Buchan, Prof. Peter Oppenheimer, and Prof. Ian Brownley , and Late Prof. O’ Connel as Moderators.
Geneva, Rome Vienna Setup Bangladesh Permanent mission office to the UN in Geneva in January 1972. Served as permanent observer at from 1972 to 1975. Piloted admission of Bangladesh to WHO, UNCTAD, ILO, UPU, GATT, FAO, IAEA, UNIDO.
Geneva 1973-1975: Deputy Leader in the conference of Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflicts under ICRC.
Dhaka August 7,1975-December 31,1977: Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka. Dhaka: From July 7, 1977 to December I was made OSD because I assisted organizing  a Seminar at Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) on September 13 and 17, 1975 in protest against the murder of Father of the Nation Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman . Mr. Muzammel Huq, then at OXFORD was the speaker. Late Mr. Kamruddin Ahmed and Mr. Shamsul Bari assisted.
Jeddah 1977-1978 Director in Charge, Political Legal and Information Department in Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in the Cabinet of the OIC Secretary General, Mr. Amadou Karim Gaye
New York 1979-1982 : Ambassador & Deputy permanent representative to United Nations
  and Security Council. Represented Bangladesh in 34th, 36th 37th, 39th
       and 40th session of UNGA.
Anapolis 1982 April   : Presented a Research Paper at International Workshop on North-South Dialogue at the passing out ceremony of Midshipmen at US Naval Academy, Anapolis. 
New York 1981   : Represented Bangladesh at an International Conference at Mohonk Valley held under the auspices of the Carnegie International on Development and Security.
Havana 1979 : Attended 7th non Aligned Summit at Havana
New Delhi 1983 : Attended 8th NAM summit in New Delhi.
Casablanca 1983 : Casablanca-4th Islamic Summit Conference.
New York 1982 : Co-ordinator of informal Group of Disarmament and Development
  in 2nd SSOD, New York.
1980-1985 : Chairman of Council for Namibia Delegation to Law of the Sea
  Conference,  including  meeting  in  Montego  Bay  and  Kingston,
      Jamaica, Worked closely with Late ANC leader Macatini and Theo
      Ben Guirirob, Present Foreign Minister of Namibia.
Algiers 1980 : Deputy Leader of Bangladesh delegation Extraordinary session of
   Council for Namibia.
New York 1980-1982 : Vice Chairman 2nd SSOD, Preparatory Committee-Special, Session
Fiji & Papua New   of UNGA devoted to Disarmament.
Guinea 1983-1984 : Attended Commonwealth Summit Meeting.
Dhaka 1982-1986 : Director General in Charge of UN, International Organization,
  Economic Affairs, Commonwealth Affairs, Research and Policy
  Planning Division. Also DG for External Publicity, MOFA.
Rome 1986-1993 :  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Italy, Switzerland
   and Tunisia was permanent representative to FAO, WFP and IFAD.
 Dhaka February 1993  

 

:  Khaleda Zia sent me to forced retirement as I was with Bangabandhu and   Awami League. Among others, I was blamed for hosting Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman twice in Genava. Hon’ble Sheikh Hasina conveyed total support to me through late Secretary General Hon’ble Mr. Zillur Rahman. I won the case and joined the MOFA when Hon’ble Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister in 1996.
Oxford 1993 : Visiting Research Fellow Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford for work
    on a book “Untold Story of a Nation”.
New York 1982-90 : Served as member of expert group for UN reports on Economic and
    Social  Consequences  of  Arms  Race  and  Military  Expenditure
    (ESCAR): submitted to the Secretary-General.
Dhaka 1996-1997 :  Served as Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of
   Bangladesh
Dhaka 1999, August :  Joined  Bangladesh Institute of  Law and  International Affairs  asDirector.
Colombo 1999-Election Dec.                       : Observer in the Presidential Election in Sri-Lanka.
Tanzania &Zanzibar-2000  :    Observed Election in Zanziber as member of the   CommonwealthObserver Group
October-NovemberBangladesh :   Observed Election in Bangladesh under Janipop.
Kathmandu-2000 :   Attended Energy South Asia Conference invited by US Energy
March 6-8      Dept.
Washington DCApril-2000 :    Attended Energy and Gas Conference at Swiss Hotel upon
      invitation of International Gas Association.
Publications: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       1) UN: We Believe In
2) A Decade of Bangladesh in the UN;
3) Bangladesh and the United Nations
4) Bengali Translation of Poems into
French sponsored by Bangla Academy,
5) Aryan-Dravidian Synthesis: Fear or Hope (in the works)
6) Revised Editions of UN: We Believe In (in works)
7) Translated contemporary Bangla Poems of recognized
8) Bangla Poets into French. Bangla Academy sponsored it.
Four Books are now in the works.
9) Editor of the Journal of International Affairs and Editor of
an Anatomy of BILIA Judicial Training with Difference.
10) Emergence of Bangladesh as the 136th UN member state
11) Transition to Democracy published by UPL
12) Bangla translation of the poems of Yuvteschenko and Pablo

 

 

   
 

 

17.   Memberships:

a)      Life Member of Oxford University Clubb)      Member of International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from 1975.c)      Associate Member of International Peace Academy, New York.

d)      Member Society for International development (SID) Rome

e)      Life Member of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB),

f)       Life Member of Asiatic Society

g)      Life Member of Dhaka University Alumni Association;

h)      Life Member, Bangla Academy;

i)       Life Member Bangladesh History Council, DU;

18. a)      Presented papers at the Heritage Foundation on Bangladesh along with Deputy Asst. Secretary of State John Gastright and Congressman Joseph Crowley, President, Bangladesh Caucus in 2007.

b)      Addressed International Law Institute (ILI) at Washington DC on anticorruption campaign in Bangladesh-2007.

c)      Contributed paper at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)on Bangladesh in 2007.

d)      Addressed at the Chatham House, London on Bangladesh situation in 2007.

e)      Presented paper on Bangladesh at the National Defense University (NDU) at Washington DC-2008

f)       Presented paper on the strategic impact of climate change in Bangladesh as per the IPCC (IV) Report at the Henry L. Stimson Center-2008

g)      Interacted with Scholars (Professor Stephen Cohen), at the Brookings Institute, and Professor Salig S. Harrison, Center for International Policy-2008

h)      Presented paper at the IISS GSRconference on     Translational Security Threat to Bangladesh and Rise of Islamist Extremism in South Asia in 2007.

Language Skills                       : Bengali, English, French, Italian, Hindi, Urdu.

 

 

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