World eyes on COP26 decision

Extend necessary support to vulnerable countries

Published : 01 Nov 2021 11:01 PM | Updated : 02 Nov 2021 02:52 PM

The world is looking eagerly for what kind of decision the world leaders will take in the COP26 climate change summit, which has started in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Sunday. Reportedly,  delegates from around 200 countries are there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030 and help save the planet. Needless to say, their decisions will have profound impact on the lives of billions of people.

Most of the developing countries have done almost nothing to cause global warming unlike first world countries like the USA, China, Australia and Canada who bear a great deal of responsibility for carbon emission already in the atmosphere. Hence, these major powers need to take a fresh, hard look at the fact that they and other members of the Group of 20 account for some 80 percent of global emissions of heat-trapping gases. 

The world is now going through a situation where the most vulnerable countries, which deserve the highest level of priority, are failing to access whatever 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.

The decisions will have profound 

impact on the lives of billions 

of people

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As developed countries are accountable for the severe consequences of climate change, they must as an obligatory provide 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 facing climate challenges.

One of the most adverse and prolonged impacts of climate change has been noticed in the form of climate-migration. 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. It is envisaged that climate change may displace, as a ballpark figure, some 143 million people by 2050. 

Therefore, G20 should come forward with stronger commitment to mobilise global support to address the issue of global climate migration. Immediate steps should be taken to protect people from environmental risks and reduce unwanted migration due to climate change. international community should realize the need for formulating coherent and research-backed policy, legal and institutional framework at global scale to address climate migration in developing and climate vulnerable countries. 

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