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PM to developed nations: Contribute more to tackle climate change

  • Published at 01:22 pm January 29th, 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

She made the statement while inaugurating the two-day event of Bangladesh Development Forum 2020

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the developed countries and development partners to take further steps towards helping the climate change vulnerable countries.

The prime minister made the statement while inaugurating the two-day event of Bangladesh Development Forum 2020 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on Wednesday, reports UNB.

"We arrange various programs regarding the climate change issue, we receive numbers of pledges, but no one fulfills those pledges," she said.

Economic Relations Division (ERD) of Ministry of Finance is organizing the BDF which is a high-level multi-stakeholder participatory forum, periodically hosted by the ERD, providing a platform for effective dialogues among development partners, national and international NGOs, development think tanks, development practitioners, leaders from business and industry.

The prime minister said as the developed countries and the development partners are not fulfilling their pledges properly, Bangladesh government has formed a trust fund in this regard to face the challenges of climate change.

"We have formed the fund with our own money. We receive very little money as assistance," she said.

Sheikh Hasina asked the developed countries and development partners to step forward further to help the climate change affected countries like Bangladesh.

"More assistance is needed. [Not only] Bangladesh, [but also] the small islands and other countries which will be affected due to climate change, will need this assistance," she said, adding that Bangladesh is not responsible for climate change at all, but the country is going to be affected.

"For this reason, those who are responsible the most for climate change should contribute the highest," she added.

The prime minister said the government has formulated the Delta Plan 2100 to save Bangladesh from the effect of climate change and started to implement it.

She also said the development partners, who are rather giving too many conditions, should come forward to help in those areas where Bangladesh has started moving forward and advance the country properly.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Senior Vice President of JICA Dr Junichi Yamada, World Bank's Vice President for the South Asia Region Hartwig Schafer, Vice-President (Operations 1) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Shixin Chen, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Monowar Ahmed also spoke at the program.