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Hasina’s climate leadership lauded

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  • 6 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Hasina’s climate leadership lauded

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's climate leadership and the Mujib Climate Prosperity Decade Plan 2021-2030 have highly been lauded at the 4th CVF-COP26 Dialogue held in London.

Bangladesh High Commission in London in partnership with the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Secretariat organised the dialogue where Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen spoke virtually from Washington D.C. on September 30 as the chief guest.

Prominent global climate leaders and eminent climate experts, including former British Prime Minister David Cameron, CVF Thematic Ambassador on Ambition and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Edward Miliband, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Chair of the CVF Expert Advisory Group Prof Dr Saleemul Huq participated in the dialogue as the co-panellists.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem made a presentation on the Mujib Climate Prosperity Decade Plan 2021-2030 announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the CVF Leaders’ Summit on October 7, 2020 under Bangladesh’s CVF Presidency during the Mujib Year, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Momen said: “As CVF chair, Bangladesh will amplify the voices of the most vulnerable countries at the COP26 and at the CVF-COP26 Leaders' Summit on the sidelines of COP26 and forge an ambitious Dhaka-Glasgow CVF-COP26 Climate Declaration. A Climate Emergency Pact should also be established between the UK's COP26 presidency and CVF members in Glasgow to effectively support those nations most in need.”

He commended British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for UK’s proactive leadership as the COP26 host in Glasgow next month and called for closing the major emission and financing gaps at COP26 for capping temperatures at 1.5 degrees.

David Cameron in his speech said Bangladesh as the CVF Presidency should make a powerful statement at the COP26 to ensure that world leaders take heed of the extreme climatic vulnerabilities of the 48 CVF countries contributing less than 5 percent of global emissions.

Recalling his visit to Bangladesh in 2017, Cameron praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, paying tribute to the country’s economic progress and development.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed expressed strong opinion that climate vulnerable countries should be provided with fresh financing under the loss and damage initiative to avoid falling into debt due to climate-related loss and the impact of Covid on the economy. He suggested decolonising climate dialogue to give all parties a fair chance.

High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem provided an overview of the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, stating, “The Mujib plan is an ambitious roadmap of actions being taken by the CVF President Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to promote the concept of climate prosperity by making strategic investments in building resilience and a low-carbon sustainable and prosperous development pathway.’’

She hoped that at the COP26 many more CVF countries will come up with climate prosperity plans which need sustained green financing from richer countries.

Edward Miliband stressed the urgency of developed nations' obligations towards the developing world, especially to provide funding under the 100 billion dollars promised in Copenhagen to assist vulnerable countries in addressing climate-related losses and damages.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland reaffirmed Commonwealth's commitment to helping its members confront climate challenges in a coordinated way.

She said climate efforts, unlike vaccine nationalism, should be a global initiative to save the planet for future generations.

The dialogue was attended by CVF High Commissioners, Ambassadors and climate experts.