The former UN chief said Bangladesh is model case for climate change adaptation
Former UN Secretary General and the Chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon has proposed to set up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh.
The global adaptation centre will serve the regions in the South and South-East Asia.
He placed the proposal when he, along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine, met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of a two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation at Intercontinental Hotel in the city.
Prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the joint meeting on Wednesday, reports UNB.
The former UN chief termed Bangladesh a model case for the adaptation of climate change.
Both Ban Ki-moon and Dr Hilda highly praised the disaster management of Bangladesh.
They said some 1,000,000 people were killed in the 1970 cyclone while 150,000 in the 1991 cyclone, but few died in the recent cyclone Fani due to the government's good management.
Ban Ki-moon said Bangladesh will be the worst affected countries of the climate changes.
In reply, the prime minister said Bangladesh makes little contribution to the carbon emission which is responsible for climate change, but Bangladesh is working to this end.
Ban Ki-moon and Dr Hilda lauded the initiative and leadership role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to face the adverse impacts of the climate change.
Ban Ki-moon said: "You [Sheikh Hasina] are one of the few global leaders who advocate about climate change issues. I count on your continued commitment."
At the meeting, Ban Ki-moon said he had many memories in Bangladesh as he visited the country several times.
The prime minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had built multi-purpose cyclone centres after the Independence of Bangladesh, following bitter experiences of the severe cyclone in 1970.
She said Bangabandhu also built a green belt in Cox's Bazar to reduce the damage of natural disasters. Some 45,000 volunteers were trained up to handle disasters at that time.
Besides, Bangabandhu developed Mujib Killas to save domestic animals alongside the people during the natural disasters.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Principal Coordinator on SDGs Affairs at the Prime Minister Office Abul Kalam Azad were also present at the meeting.