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Dhaka seeks London’s strong engagement in CVF, GCA

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam has expressed his expectation for strong engagement of the UK both in Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Global Center of Adaptation (GCA) South Asia.

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

The State Minister manifested Bangladesh’s strong interest to work closely with the UK Government to make COP26 fully successful.

He made the remarks at “UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series – Building momentum on the journey to COP-26” on Wednesday.

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.

Shahriar Alam cited the establishment of the South Asian regional office for Global Center of Adaptation (GCA) in Dhaka this September.

He highlighted the UK and Bangladesh’s partnership in the track number 6 of 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.

Source: United News of Bangladesh