Everyone is responsible to tackle climate change: PM

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Rbd Desk :

To make the world a safe place for the upcoming generations, the responsibilities to tackle climate change have to be shared by everybody, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

“Let’s join hands to consolidate our partnership to fight the perilous threats of climate change, share the burdens equally to fulfill our promises of making the world a safer and better place for our future generation,” she said on Tuesday while speaking at the High Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) at Marrakech, a former imperial city in western Morocco.

The Prime Minister mentioned that COP 22 Conference bears a special significance as all are celebrating the entry into force of the historic Paris Agreement.

In Paris last year, she said, world leaders had been successful to create a solid ground for a meaningful cooperation in combating climate change impacts. “Now this is the time to move forward to implement decisions into actions. Lives and livelihoods of millions of people would continue to be at risk unless we deliver to our commitments on climate change issues.”

Hasina said Bangladesh is one of the first countries that signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. “Bangladesh is also the first country to set up ‘Climate Change Trust Fund’ of US$ 400 million from its own resources,” she added.

The Prime Minister also mentioned that Bangladesh achieved success in disaster management despite coastal areas being highly vulnerable to climate related calamities, such as floods and cyclones.

“We’ve put in place measures like early warning system, cyclone shelters and river weeds cultivation that have significantly reduced loss of lives and properties in Bangladesh.”

Sheikh Hasina also placed two crucial issues — water security and climate-induced migrants — at the meeting to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

Sheikh Hasina proposed creating a global fund to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water.

“We must ensure safe drinking water and sanitation for all through effective water governance,” Hasina said at the conference.

She stressed the need for floating the global fund on water SDG to support research, innovation and technology transfer.

The Prime Minister said she, as a member of the UN High Level Panel on Water, reiterated government’s commitments to the action plan endorsed by the members of the High Level Panel on Water in New York in September last. “We must ensure safe drinking water and sanitation for all through effective water governance.”

She stressed the need for creating a global fund on water SDG to support research, innovation and technology transfer.

Hasina also called for global efforts to address the issue of climate-induced migrants to make the objectives of SDGs successful.

“Unless, we address this challenge of climate-induced migrant issue appropriately, we would never be able to attain the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the PM said.

The Bangladesh prime minister, who is now on a three-day tour to attend the high-level segments of the COP-22, joined the inaugural session of the conference alongwith other heads of state and government today. Earlier, King of Morocco Mohammed VI, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, UNFCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar received the heads of state and government including the Bangladesh premier at Bab lghli, the conference venue of COP-22.

Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Monday afternoon on a three-day official visit to attend the COP-22.

The Bangladesh premier is leading a 58-member delegation that included Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju, Water Resources Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud and Deputy Minister of Environment and Forests Abdullah Al Islam Jacob.

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