Hasina calls for global collaboration to combat climate change effects
September 25th, 2020 at 12:39 am
Hasina calls for global collaboration to combat climate change effects

by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;

With the humankind facing a daunting challenge to save the planet from adverse effects of climate change fallouts, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the global leaders to strengthen collaboration to keep the world secure the future generations.

Hasina, being the leader of one of the most climate vulnerable nations worldwide, also put forward a five-point charter to combat the adverse effects.

She made the suggestions while addressing a high-level virtual roundtable on climate action on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Thursday.

“I would suggest that political leadership must encourage robust international collaboration,” she said in her first proposal.

Bangladesh climate change financing challenges
Impact of climate change in Bangladesh – Photo by Rio Project

She also called for limiting the rise of global temperature up to 1.5 degree Celsius in line with the landmark Paris agreement in 2015 when global leaders agreed to save the planet through collective measures.

In her third proposal, Hasina reminded that the funds, promised by the developed nations which are mostly responsible for the carbon emission, have to be made available for those countries vulnerable to climate change.    

Mitigation measures by the developed nations, the polluters, must be increased in the nationally determined contributions, Hasina said in her fourth suggestion.

And in her final note, she underscored the need for global recognition of the rehabilitation of the climate refugees, as the world has been witnessing a large number of people being displaced and losing livelihoods because of the extreme weather patterns.

The Bangladeshi leader also shared her plans she had devised for adaptation and resilience as the South Asian country faces frequent cyclones, floods, droughts and other natural calamities. Many of Bangladeshi adaptation measures are lauded internationally.   

“We’ve prepared Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 to deal with the challenges of climate change and water management,” Hasina said adding that the country had built 4,291 cyclone shelters, 523 flood shelters and trained 56,000 to facilitate preparation prior to any natural disaster.

“That’s why we’ve joined the ‘REAP’ (Risk-informed Early Action Partnership) initiative which aims to make one billion people around the world safer from disasters by 2025,” she said.

A flood-affected district in south-western Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the current Chair of Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Global Center of Adaptation’s regional office was established in Dhaka recently, she mentioned.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres convened the event while Femi Oke, a journalist of the United Kingdom, moderated the roundtable.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered the introductory remarks at the 90-minute event that featured a roundtable discussion with around 20 global climate leaders from governments, the private sector and civil society.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, President of Chile Sebastian Pinera Echenique, Nigerian President Mahamadou Issoufou, Fijian Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering spoke at the high-level event.