PM for strengthening global solidarity to address climate change

Global leaders should translate their words into action

Published : 11 Sep 2023 06:39 PM

While addressing the G20 summit in New Delhi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rightly said that Bangladesh has suffered the most due to climate change despite contributing negligibly to it. The premier called for quick operationalisation of the Loss and Damage Fund to create additional financing mechanisms to address climate-induced migration. Also, the PM laid emphasis on strengthening global solidarity and adopting coordinated response to address climate change. 

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.

Bangladesh is recognised internationally for its cutting-edge achievements in addressing climate change. The country has been spending $2 billion a year since 2010 due to address climate change. However, despite the considerable progress that Bangladesh has made over the last decade, the country faces continuous challenges associated with climate change. Bangladesh is one of the nations that emits very little carbon, but it is likely to be among those that suffer most because of global warming. 

Developing countries like 

Bangladesh need a global 

commitment to face 

climate challenges

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