COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma arrives today

Diplomatic Correspondent

2 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

As part of his extensive tour of world ahead of the summit in Glasgow in November this year, British lawmaker and COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma arrives in Dhaka today to strengthen support for UK COP26 climate priorities.

He has been taking the Presidency’s four goals for COP26 across the world: limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, adapting to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilising climate finance and working together to accelerate action.

In Dhaka, he is expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hold a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen today to discuss shared priorities with Bangladesh, which remains the crucial partner on the road to COP26.

Diplomatic sources said Sharma’s meetings with top government leaders will focus on climate ambition, including a clean energy transition and efforts to help communities deal with the worst effects of climate change.

Alok 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.

Sharma will discuss the needs of countries most vulnerable to climate change, to ensure they are equipped to deal with its current and damaging effects ahead of COP26.

Preventing deforestation whilst ensuring development and trade is sustainable will also be high on the agenda, as COP26 looks to highlight the protection of nature and biodiversity as a key tool in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C.

In a recent statement, Sharma said the G7 made history with a major step forward towards consigning coal to history and moving to a decarbonised power system. But tackling the climate crisis must be a global effort, which leaves no one behind.

"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.”

"I look forward to discussing these shared priorities with friends across Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, who will be crucial partners on the road to COP26."