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Momen: Strong global commitment required for transition to green economy

  • Published at 06:46 pm September 8th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

South Asian regional centre of Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) inaugurated in Dhaka

Strong global commitment and effort are needed to help Bangladesh and other countries, who are most vulnerable to climate change, to make transition to green economy and invest more decarbonization of production methods and consumption.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the South Asian Regional Centre of Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) in Dhaka on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also said that since the cause of climate change is global, the solution to the problem also needs to come from the world.

"GCA Dhaka will be a milestone for international partnership as after the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will build back our climate resilience much better by making transition to a green economy and investing in more decarbonization of the production methods and consumption," he said. 

"But this requires a strong global commitment and effort," he added in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and GCA chair and former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

Dr Momen said: "Cause of climate change is global so naturally the solution requires a global initiative. Today’s inauguration of the GCA South Asia Regional Office in Dhaka is an important part of that collective initiative."

However, the origin of this occasion goes back to the “Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA),” organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in July 2019, where the prime minister invited the GCA chair Ban Ki-moon to establish the regional office for South Asia in Dhaka, he said.

"The whole planet is at risk, but according to the Global Climate Risk Index, particularly South Asia is the most vulnerable region associated with climate change related risks and threats," Dr Momen said. 

"Together with the countries of this region, GCA Bangladesh office will promote locally developed nature-based sustainable solutions and innovative adaptation measures. We will create a Centre of Excellence not only for the regional countries, but also for the other regions of the world by sharing our best practices," he said. 

Bangladesh is ready to share her experience and best practices regarding adaptation and disaster management, he stated. 

“We hope to receive necessary support from the international development partners in our efforts as it is very easy to achieve and demonstrate climate resilience successes in this region,” said the minister. 

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