Dhaka seeks strong global action on climate migration

Take steps to protect people from environmental risks

Published : 26 Jul 2022 07:31 PM

While speaking at the ‘Policy Dialogue on Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Towards a Common Narrative and Action Pathway’, Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen on Monday warned that the international community cannot afford to remain oblivious to the issue of climate migrants. Seeking strong global action, he highlighted the difficult challenges the government is facing to foster a decent living condition for the internally displaced people while it continues to maintain the trajectory of socio-economic development.

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the world. Here the curse of climate change hits in the forms of rising sea level, natural disasters, economic breakdown, prolonged monsoon, frequent changes in weather pattern and temperature and so on. Reportedly, salinity, rising sea levels and other adverse climate impacts could cause as many as 13.3 million people to leave their homes in the coastal areas of Bangladesh by 2050.

We need to devise immediate measurers to 

protect people from environmental risks and 

stop unwanted migration due to climate change

There is strong evidence that deteriorating environments caused by climate change are driving millions of people to resort to mass migration in their search for a better life, both within countries and across borders. Human settlements have been affected in Bangladesh due to extreme climate events over past years. One of the most adverse and prolonged impact of climate change in Bangladesh has been observed in the form of climate migration. It is apprehended that by 2050, one in every seven people in Bangladesh will be displaced by climate change. Hence, we should realise the need for formulating coherent and research-backed policy, legal and institutional framework to address climate migration. We need to devise immediate measurers to protect people from environmental risks and stop unwanted migration due to climate change.

The world is now going through a situation where the most vulnerable countries, which deserve the highest level of priority, are failing to access support that is being realised. Major emitters show extreme reluctance on mitigation, which may wreck the international climate regime and put the climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh at peril. As developed countries are accountable for the severe consequences of climate change, they must provide with necessary financial, technological and intellectual support to the developing countries following the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Moreover, developing countries like Bangladesh need a global commitment to face climate challenges.

it is time to increase the investment in policies and programmes to protect people from environmental risks induced by climate change. There is a need to prioritise the districts vulnerable to climate change and establish a district-level funding mechanism focusing on capacity building of women, young people and children