বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৮ মে ২০২০, ০৭:৪৫ পূর্বাহ্ন
Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen has attended the board meeting of Global Center on Adaptation held in Paris yesterday. During the meeting, the global leaders praised the Government of Bangladesh for commitment and measures to fight the adverse impacts of climate change. They also lauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr. Momen for successfully holding its last meeting of GCA in Dhaka.
Dr. Momen urged the global community for special focus on South Asian region while allocating fund and programs for its extreme vulnerabilities to the climate change. He also put emphasis on need for technology transfer, recognizing local based solution and innovation and public awareness for combating the menace of the climate change. He also gave an account of the activities that Bangladesh has undertaken to adapt the harmful impacts of the climate change; including developing flood, drought and salinity resistant seeds, harvesting rain water, rooftop gardening, introducing boat-schools, floating agriculture, trust fund from own resources etc.
The discussion in the meeting broadly centered around the ways and means to bring back the issue of adaptation to the mainstream of climate negotiation and funding strategies for ensuring accelerated adaptability against climate change through forming effective partnerships among public, private and philanthropic entities. The meeting also discussed the governance issues of the newly formed organization and the proposed regional offices. It may be mentioned that the regional office of GCA for South Asia will be located in Dhaka.
The Foreign Minister was invited to be a board member of the newly formed Global Center on Adaptation due to spectacular record of Bangladesh in terms of climate adaptation and disaster management. World leaders who have been vocal on the issue of climate change were present in the meeting, which includes former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Ministers from the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Mayors from Paris, Rotterdam and Miami. China, Philippines and Bangladesh were invited to be board members from Asia.
Dr. Momen also had discussions on the Presidency of Bangladesh of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the projected programs and actions during the presidency with the officials of the GCA headquarters. He also discussed the modalities of the soon-to-be-established Dhaka regional office of GCA.