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COP26 president Alok Sharma arrive tomorrow

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:44 PM, 1 June 2021   Updated: 02:06 PM, 14 June 2021

British MP Alok Sharma

British MP Alok Sharma

COP26 President-Designate and British MP Alok Sharma is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday on a two-day visit to strengthen support for UK COP26 climate priorities ahead of hosting the crucial UN climate change summit in Glasgow this November. 

During his visit, he will meet with leaders from government, business and civil society to press his personal priority for a move to global clean power, critical to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C, said a statement of the UK Cabinet Office.

Apart from Bangladesh, he will also visit Vietnam and Indonesia, it added.

The statement said his meetings with senior leaders will focus on climate ambition, including a clean energy transition and efforts to help communities deal with the worst effects of climate change.

He will also discuss how the UK Presidency will work with the countries to support workers and communities make the transition to green jobs.

“COP26 is our best chance of safeguarding our planet for our children, building a brighter future with greener jobs and cleaner air, and keeping the 1.5C target alive,” the statement quoted Alok Sharma as saying.

“I look forward to discussing these shared priorities with friends across Viet Nam, Bangladesh and Indonesia, who will be crucial partners on the road to COP26,” Sharma said, according to the statement.

Sharma will also discuss the needs of countries most vulnerable to climate change, to ensure they are equipped to deal with its current and damaging effects, said the statement.

Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia are all fast growing economies with significant renewable energy potential and Sharma’s visit will highlight the three country’s growing leadership, the UK government said.

Sharma’s visit follows commitments from G7 nations to end all new finance for coal power by the end of 2021 and to increase support for countries vulnerable to climate change, said the statement.

The G7 nations also agreed to work to increase finance for climate action in order to meet the $100bn per annum target to support developing countries.