Climate crisis: Ban Ki-moon says Bangladesh the ‘best mentor’
Published: 05:54 PM, 10 July 2019
Describing Bangladesh as "miracle" in tackling climate change, the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Bangladesh is the best instructor to face the crisis caused by climate change."
He said this at a two-day international conference organized in Dhaka on the issue of tackling climate crisis. Dhaka conference on 'Global Commission on Adaptation' inaugurated in a capital’s hotel on Wednesday while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended as the chief guest.
Ban Ki-moon said, "We are here to catch and understand the experiences of Bangladesh in dealing with climate crisis. In this case, those who are the primary victims of climate change are our best teachers and they will teach us openly.”
He said, there are several other countries besides Bangladesh that can teach the whole world about this. Among them, Bangladesh is the best. The United Nations Secretary-General said, by 2050, if the height of the sea is increased by just 1 meter, 17 percent of the land will be submerged. According to the IPCC, he said that if the sea level is slightly increased, the capital city of Dhaka will also become submerged.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President of Marshall Islands Hilda Heine and World Bank Chief Executive Kristalina Georgieva spoke as prominent guests on the occasion.