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Saber: UN pledges funding for climate actions in Bangladesh

  • Emphasizes need for increased financial support
  • Calls allocation of Tk35,000 crore insufficient
Update : 26 Feb 2024, 06:08 PM

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury on Monday said the United Nations (UN) will provide substantial funding to Bangladesh through its various agencies to combat climate change. 

The minister talked to reporters following a meeting with UN Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis at his residence in Paribagh in the capital.

He emphasised the need for increased financial support, stating that the allocated Tk35,000 crore from 24 ministries in the current fiscal year is insufficient. 

Discussions were held with the UN delegation on sourcing additional funds for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts through various UN channels, he said.

Louise Barber, senior development coordination officer and strategic planner at the UN, was also present on the occasion.

Highlighting the focus on securing international financial support to address climate change impacts, Lewis reiterated the UN's commitment to collaborating closely with Bangladesh on climate resilience strategies, including the implementation of national adaptation plans, advocacy, flood control and community-based adaptation measures.

She praised Bangladesh's leadership in environmental conservation and pledged continued UN support for the country's sustainable development goals.

The meeting also discussed collaborative efforts to tackle critical environmental challenges such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and plastic pollution.

Gwyn Lewis and Saber Hossain explored avenues to strengthen partnerships between the UN and Bangladesh in environmental protection and sustainable development initiatives.

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