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Dhaka seeks EU support to Bangladesh’s COP26 agenda

Published : 17 Oct 2021 10:35 PM | Updated : 18 Oct 2021 11:18 AM

Dhaka on Sunday urged European Union (EU)  countries to support Climate Vulnerable Forum's (CVF), chaired by Bangladesh,  demands regarding climate adaptation and financing during the upcoming UN  climate conference, COP 26 to be held in Glasgow.

The urge was made while foreign minister DR A K Abdul Momen along with  environment, forest and climate change minister Md Shahab Uddin briefed the  ambassadors of the EU countries stations here regarding Bangladesh's  preparation and expectation centering the COP26 at the foreign ministry. 

"We want their (EU's) partnership at the COP 26 ... so that they talk in  favour of our issues those we will raise during the COP26," Dr Momen told  newsmen at a briefing after the meeting with the European envoys. 

During the COP 26, the minister said Bangladesh's major issues will be to  get support from developed countries in climate adaptation to refrain people  from being climate refugees. 

"We will raise the loss and damage issue during the COP26 ... and we  sought their (EU's) support in this regards," Momen said adding that the 

'loss and damage' issue has been added in the COP26 agenda.  

The minister said, he urged the EU to contribute in realizing the 100  billion US dollar annual climate fund that was supposed to start from 2020, 

pledged by the most carbon emitting developed countries at the Paris  agreement in 2015.   

 "We are optimistic that the $100 billion US pledge will be ensured during  the COP26," he added.  

He said Bangladesh will also raise the demand at the COP26 to allocate  climate fund for mitigation and adaptation under 50:50 ratio.  

The minister said Dhaka urged EU countries to make their national climate  plan, termed ad Nationally Determine Contribution (NDC), aggressive for  ensuring the target for capping temperatures at 1.5 degrees. 

 Dr Momen said, they also briefed the EU envoys about the Mujib Climate  Prosperity Plan as well as Bangladesh's aspiration to transformation its 

energy sector more to the renewable power.  

The foreign minister said the EU countries assured providing technical  support to Bangladesh in its transformation to clean energy.

Dr Momen welcomed the 'Net Zero' carbon emission by 2050 declaration made  by the G7 countries, as those developed nations are the most carbon emitters  in the globe.

However, Dr Momen said Bangladesh would not be able to declare the 'Net  Zero' emission by 2050 as it is still a developing country and emits nominal  amount of carbon compared to the developed nations. 

 Dr Momen said as the President of CVF Dhaka has proposed to hold a high- level climate summit on the sideline of COP 26. "The proposal is yet to 

final, but it is on the table," he added. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with other world leaders is  set to join the high level session of COP 26 from November 1 to 3 in Glasgow. The Bangladesh Prime Minister is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting  with her British counterpart Boris Johnson after attending the high level  event at COP26, either in Glasgow or in London. 

 The COP-26's main host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said  he expected the event to be a "turning point for humanity".

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