PM seeks global leaders’ bold measures for sustainable future
Published: 10:16 AM, 21 September 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina - File Photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon world leaders to take immediate, valiant and bold steps to address the planetary emergency of climate change through a ‘Whole-of-the-World’ approach to leave a sustainable future for the next generations.
The Prime Minister also placed a six-point proposal before the global leaders in a closed-door leaders’ meeting arranged for a small group of heads of state and governments on Climate Change held at Trusteeship Council of the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted the meeting jointly with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Sheikh Hasina's proposal included strict implementation of the Paris Agreement to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, realisation of annual $100 billion climate fund from the developed countries, 50 per cent of this fund should go to adaptation and resilience, especially to climate-vulnerable countries.
The other proposals are: Forging new financial mechanisms and transfer of green technology to the developing countries, addressing loss-and-damage issue, and displacement of large-scale population due to climate change and capacity building of CVF countries to tackle the double jeopardy of pandemic and disaster, particularly with the increased frequency of climate-induced disasters.
“Finally, we need a ‘whole-of-the-world’ approach to leave a sustainable future for our next generations,” she said.
The Prime Minister said climate-vulnerable countries contribute the least to the global Green House Gas emissions. “Yet, they’re the worst victims of the impacts of climate change.”
She mentioned that the recent IPCC report has provided a grim picture about their future. "If the global temperature goes above 1.5 degrees Celsius, they'll face permanent damages.
The international community has a special responsibility to support these countries in their adaptation and mitigation efforts."
Despite being a climate-vulnerable country with resource constraints, Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh has emerged as a global pioneer on adaptation and resilience.
Recently, she said, Bangladesh has submitted an ambitious and updated NDC to the UNFCCC.
Besides, she mentioned, it has adopted the "Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan" focusing on green growth, resilient infrastructure and renewable energy.
"We're on our journey from climate vulnerability to climate resilience to climate prosperity (VRP)," she announced.
The Prime Minister also said as the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and V20, the key focus is on promoting the interests of the climate-vulnerable countries.
"We're also sharing the best practices and adaptation knowledge with other climate-vulnerable countries through the GCA South Asia regional office in Dhaka," she said.