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Shahriar for climate justice, compensation

DHAKA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam called for climate justice and demanded compensation, adequate financial and other assistances for adaptation measures.

The state minister made the demand while addressing the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2019 held yesterday, said a press release received here today.

Shahriar also urged more concrete global coordination and insisted that the developed countries and the countries responsible for producing huge amount of green house gases must triple their nationally determined commitments (NDCc).

To deal with climate change related displacement, he called for new binding legal instrument as the existing instruments are not adequate and are mostly voluntary.

The state minister described the grave threat of climate change to Bangladesh and explained how, if continued in the same fashion, this will cause extreme devastation to every sector of the country endangering all the achievements.

He mentioned the actions and strategy under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to fight the adverse impacts of the climate change.

Shahriar said Bangladesh and similar countries contributed nothing to the issue of climate change but they were the worst victims due to irresponsible activities of some developed and other states.

He demanded true implementation of the Paris Agreement, 2030 Development Agenda (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework and continuation of existing facilities for LDCs after graduation as effective measures to fight climate change.

This annual conference is organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, two German independent think tanks namely Adelphi and Potsdam Institute of Climate Research and the German Foreign Ministry project 'Climate Diplomacy'.

President of Nauru, deputy prime minister of Belgium, foreign and state ministers of Germany, Sweden, Ghana, Maldives, Malta, Palau, UK, Cote d'Ivoire, Afghanistan, former US secretary of State John Kerry, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, foreign secretaries of different countries and scores of high officials and academicians from several leading think tanks of Europe participated in this year's Conference.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)