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Bangladesh seeks UK’s support for CVF, GCA

Published : 26 Nov 2020 10:08 PM | Updated : 27 Nov 2020 09:54 AM

Bangladesh has sought ‘strong engagement’ of the UK in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Global Center of Adaptation (GCA) South Asia.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam sought the support at the ‘UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series - Building momentum on the journey to COP-26’ on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said.

Bangladesh is the chair of the CVF and also hosts the GCA.

The state minister hoped that Bangladesh and the UK would build momentum ahead of COP26 for a resilient world.

He manifested Bangladesh’s strong interest to work closely with the UK Government to make COP26 fully successful. London will host the mega event of climate change.

The State Minister mentioned that Bangladesh being a non-emitter country had been constantly bearing the burden of incessant carbon emission of the developed countries.

He also said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government had prepared Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, became the first LDC to establish to establish a Climate Change Trust Fund, had developed a national “Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan” and had launched the CVF “Midnight Survival Deadline for the Climate” initiative for all nations.

He highlighted the UK and Bangladesh’s partnership in track number 6 of the Climate Action Summit of the UN Secretary General.

He hoped the UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum would bring these two countries together to share innovative ideas, experiences, knowledge, technology and initiatives to achieve greater progress on climate change.

The virtual event was also participated by the British State Minister Lord Ahmed who highlighted that the UK as COP26 President and Bangladesh as chair of the CVF, had a unique opportunity to play leading roles in the critical moments ahead for the whole planet.

He mentioned that the UK-Bangladesh partnership on climate action was built on strong bonds between two countries and hoped that this bond would last even long beyond COP 26.

Ahmed expressed his government’s commitment to double its International Climate Finance expenditure and its intention to spend half of the funding on adaptation and resilience.