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GCA meeting in Dhaka kicks off on Tuesday

  • Published at 12:41 am July 9th, 2019
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Bangladesh eyes greater recommendation for global support in climate change adaptation

Bangladesh wants greater recommendations from the Dhaka meeting of Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) to help the country get global support to fight the problems rising over the decades following climate changes.

The government high officials informed this at a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the city on Monday.

The meeting kicks off Tuesday at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital. 

The Chief Coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office, Abul Kalam Azad said, climate change adaptation is the main issue in the meeting.

He said following the latest influx, more than 1.1m Rohingya took shelter in the country which has caused huge deforestation at the place. The Rohingya people are the target rather than the impact on environment due to this forcible displacement issue.

“We made some good practices to fight climate disaster in the country ever since its birth, and we know how to deal with such losses. But we need global support to mitigate the problems,” he added.

Earlier in the press meet, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said, the meeting would be the international recognition of the Bangladesh government’s efforts to adapt to climate change impacts.

The special report including the recommendations made through the meeting, would be placed before the Climate Action Summit, in September, and we are hoping that the recommendations would be accepted, he added.

The meeting starts on Tuesday, and ends on Wednesday. The participants of the program are scheduled to visit the Khuruskul Residential Project, built in Cox's Bazar, for the victims of climate change. They are also going to visit the Rohingya makeshift camps there. 

Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, President of the Marshall Islands, Hilda C Heine, Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of World Bank, Commissioners of GCA, and experts from Bangladesh would take part in the meeting.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shahab Uddin, its Secretary, Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, CEO of GCA, Patrick Verkooijen, and several other officials were present at the press meet. 

USA’s withdrawal not to affect climate change adaptation process

Replying to a question, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said, the self withdrawal of US from the Paris Agreement would not affect the global process for climate change adaptation.

It might create some hindrance but would not stop it, he said.

On June 1, 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that the US would cease all participation on the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation.

The minister however, hope that the country might return to the international instrument to take part in climate change adaptation process citing a recent survey where around 79% citizens said they want their government to join the process.

“It seems like the withdrawal is a short-term measure, and we hope that the country would rejoin,” he said.

Rohingya repatriation yet not certain

Abdul Momen said it is not possible to give a specific date about the repatriation of displaced Rohingya people.

Efforts are in progress for the repatriation process, and it would start within the shortest possible time, he said.

The minister, however, said the joint statement that was given during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent visit to China, is a matter of hope where China expressed its willingness to help breaking the ice to start repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people.

China has huge political influence on Myanmar, and China said it would help us to resolve the crisis, he added.

He declined to make further comments on the issue as the Prime Minister was scheduled to hold a press meet on Monday afternoon.