We expect UK to promote interests of climate vulnerable countries: PM

3 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

We expect UK to promote interests of climate vulnerable countries: PM

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Wednesday. PID photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh expects the UK to promote the interests and priorities of climate vulnerable countries to international platforms, reports UNB.

She said this when COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said they discussed various issues like the climate change situation, its global adverse impacts, mitigation and Climate Change Fund and Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is going to be the worst affected like some other countries across the globe due to the climate change even though the carbon emission of these countries are very negligible. “We’ll be affected massively,” she said. Hasina said the government has taken various programmes to increase the renewable energy use in mitigating the demand for power.

She said there are currently some 5.8 million solar power connections in Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister said her government and the Awami League as a party are engaged in massive tree plantation to improve the environment of the country.

Talking about the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccination, the Prime Minister said the government has adopted various measures to run the economy apart from containing the coronavirus infection although Bangladesh is a densely populated country. COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma Has invited the Prime Minister to attend the  COP-26 to be held in November next in Glasgow.

He put emphasis on converting power generation in the Green Energy system.

Alok Sharma hoped that Bangladesh under the leadership of the Prime Minister will play an important role as the current president of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).

Regarding the vaccination programme, he said the vaccination drive is going on well in the United Kingdom.

Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin was, among others, present on the occasion.