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PM Hasina seeks major economies’ role to ensure sustainable future

  • Published at 02:36 pm September 17th, 2021
File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inaugural day of the two-day 'Foreign Policy Virtual Climate Summit' in a recorded speech on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 PID

Bangladesh has taken the world’s most extensive domestic solar energy programs, says Sheikh Hasina 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the major world economies to work with all stakeholders in partnership to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

Her pre-recorded speech was aired in a high level event titled “Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Summit" convened by US President Joe Biden in Washington DC, placed a six-point proposal for the forum's consideration.

In her first proposal, she called upon the major carbon-emitting countries to take actions to reduce their emissions to keep the global temperature rise by 1.5°C. 

In her second proposal, Sheikh Hasina said that the commitment of an annual $100 billion climate fund by the developed countries has to be fulfilled, distributed 50:50 between adaptation and mitigation.

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In the third proposal, she renewed her call to the developed countries to come forward with the most effective energy solutions along with technology transfer to the developing countries.

In her fourth proposal, she said while transitioning to renewables, stocktaking of respective development priorities of nation-states, according to loss and damage experienced by them should be considered.

The premier, in her fifth proposal, said that the responsibility of rehabilitating people displaced because of sea-level rise, increases in salinity, river erosion, floods, and draughts needs to be shared by all countries.

She has sought a strong and significant outcome of COP26 to be held in November in Glasgow and urged the major economies of the world to play an important role there to this end.

The premier said that Bangladesh is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries. 

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"In addition to sea level rise, increase in salinity, river erosion, floods and droughts, Bangladesh is also facing serious climate impact because of 1.1 million Rohingyas forcefully displaced from Myanmar," she added.

Describing her government as the pioneer in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh recently submitted an ambitious and updated NDC.

She said that Bangladesh has taken the world’s most extensive domestic solar energy programs.

The prime minister further stated that Bangladesh is going to implement the "Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan" – a journey from climate vulnerability to climate resilience to climate prosperity.

As the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the V20, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh’s key focus is to promote the interests of the climate-vulnerable countries.

She added that Bangladesh also shares best practices through the South Asia regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation in Dhaka.

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