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Bangladeshi children place climate declaration

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladeshi children place climate declaration
On behalf of the children who participated in the 2020 children’s climate summit, Kaba Kaushin Arisha, a 13-year-old girl, hands over Bangladeshi children’s climate declaration to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin at a ceremony on the Sangsad Bhaban premises in the city on Wednesday.

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Ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, UK beginning on Sunday, Bangladeshi children called on national leaders to address climate change as a child rights issue.

The children also asked decision makers to commit to involving children more in finding solutions to the climate crisis, highlighting the need for urgent action.

The children’s calls are captured in the Bangladeshi children’s climate declaration that a group of children handed over to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin at a ceremony on the Sangsad Bhaban premises in the city on Wednesday. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was present as the chief guest.

The children’s message to the government’s official COP26 delegation was: “Bring our appeal with you when you travel to Glasgow. Climate change is a child rights issue.”

The declaration was prepared in November 2020 at the first-ever children’s climate summit by engaging over one million Bangladeshi children involved with the UNICEF-supported generation parliament initiative by Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF).

The Bangladeshi children’s climate declaration calls on the government to: protect children against the impacts of climate change; reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; increase investments in education, training and a green economy; and consult children on policies and decisions that impact their future.

“Climate change is threatening our survival, well-being and future. We are asking you to stand up for the children of this country and do more to fight climate change,” said 13-year-old Kaba Kaushin Arisha, who handed over the declaration on behalf of the children who participated in the 2020 Summit.

“I thank over one million children who united behind this declaration, and UNICEF for bringing us – children and decision makers – together. It is only by listening to our children that we can shape a better future for all,” said Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.

 “The government is committed to upholding the rights of children and addressing climate change as a child rights issue. We will continue working – with and for children - for a better, safer, greener Bangladesh,” said Environment Minister Shahab Uddin.