Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen met with the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland on the sidelines of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh yesterday. They exchanged views on COP27 issues that are of particular interest to the Commonwealth member states. They particularly discussed ways for the effective implementation of the Commonwealth Blue Charter for a fair, inclusive and sustainable approach to ocean protection and economic development.
Citing Bangladesh as a powerful champion of climate change causes, Secretary General Scotland requested Bangladesh to consider leading one of the Action Groups under the Commonwealth Blue Charter.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen endorsed the Commonwealth Secretary General’s suggestion to create a high-level core group for raising awareness on mental health issues. He also requested to provide increased number of Commonwealth scholarships for Bangladeshi students. The Secretary General informed the Minister about a new opportunity being created for training young people from the Commonwealth member states in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The Bangladesh Ambassador to Egypt Md. Monirul Islam was present at the meeting.