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Sheikh Hasina places six proposals to make world more liveable

Sheikh Hasina places six proposals to make world more liveable

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday put forward six proposals to make the world more liveable by bringing down carbon emissions and tackle the people being displaced across the globe due to climate change.

She placed her proposals while delivering the pre-recorded speech in the ‘Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate’, convened by US President Joe Biden.

The Prime Minister, in her first proposal, asked the major carbon-emitting countries to take action to reduce their emissions to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In her second proposal, Hasina renewed her call for fulfilling the commitment of an annual 100-billion-dollar climate fund by the developed countries and distributing it 50:50 between adaptation and mitigation.

The Prime Minister, in her third proposal, advised the developed countries to come forward with the most effective energy solutions along with technology transfer to the developing countries.

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

In the fifth proposal, Hasina mentioned that the responsibility of rehabilitating people displaced because of sea-level rise, increased salinity, riverbank erosion, floods and draughts needs to be shared by all countries.

The PM finally said the major economies have to work with all the stakeholders globally in partnership for ensuring a sustainable future for the next generation.

Regarding Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said it is one of the most climate vulnerable countries.

“In addition to sea-level rise, the rise in salinity, riverbank erosion, floods and draughts, we’re facing serious climate impact because of 1.1 million forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals, commonly known as Rohingyas,” she added.

She mentioned that Bangladesh is the pioneer in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. “We recently submitted an ambitious and updated NDC. Bangladesh has one of the world’s most extensive domestic solar energy programmes. With a low carbon footprint, we’re also vying for a more sustainable energy mix.”

Hasina said Bangladesh is going to implement the ‘Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan’ – a journey from climate vulnerability to climate resilience to climate prosperity (VRP).

As the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the V20, she said, “Our key focus is to promote the interests of the climate vulnerable countries. We also share the best practices through the South Asia regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation in Dhaka.”

Hasina said Bangladesh would like to see strong and significant outcomes of upcoming COP26, and the major economies play an important role there.