‘BD is an excellent example of adapting to climate change’
Published: 10:33 PM, 8 September 2020 Updated: 10:36 PM, 8 September 2020
United Nations former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that Bangladesh is an excellent example of how innovative a population can be in adapting to climate change.
He said the GCA (Global Center on Adaptation) would enable the rest of the world to adapt to the realities of the new climate by receiving their valuable education through Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Bangladesh office of the GCA on Tuesday.
After the inauguration, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change held a press conference.
Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the GCA and the 8th United Nations Secretary-General, spoke at the conference.
Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin and Patrick Varquizen, CEO of the GCA also spoke at the press conference.
Ban Ki-moon said South Asian countries are the most vulnerable globally to the effects of climate change. The regional office in Dhaka will work together to address the issue of adaptation to address climate change emergencies.
“The way Bangladesh has been dealing with one disaster after another deserves praise. Bangladesh’s role in dealing with the latest cyclone Amphan is very important. Besides, the government of Bangladesh has been solving the problem very carefully even in the time of coronavirus,” he said.
Inaugurating the Bangladesh office of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), the Foreign Minister said the GCA Bangladesh office will help strengthen the field of adaptation in South Asia and strengthen field-level activities to address the risks of climate change in the region as a whole.
The Environment Minister said that the government has been working properly to address the impact of climate change. “We will continue to move forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he also said.
He hopes the office will work with South Asian governments, city mayors, business leaders, investors, local communities and civil society to address the issue of effective adaptation to climate change emergencies.
Meanwhile, Patrick Varquizen, CEO of the GCA, said that there are many innovative solutions in strengthening climate tolerance in South Asian countries. They need to be properly prepared to meet the challenges of the region. Through GCA’s role as a solution, GCA Bangladesh will ensure the most effective adaptation in other countries in the region.
According to the Ministry of Environment, GCA’s South Asia Regional Office-Dhaka has started work from today with the inauguration of the Prime Minister. Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, has been appointed Regional Director to carry out the routine duties of the office.
It is initially proposed to work on Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. China has another regional office in Beijing. It is the second regional office in Asia.