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UN human rights expert on climate change to visit Bangladesh in September

Ian Fry will travel to Dhaka, Khulna, and Sylhet to meet with communities affected by climate change

Update : 30 Aug 2022, 09:34 AM

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, will visit Bangladesh from September 4 to 15.

This is the first official visit by the UN official, an international environmental law and policy expert, since he took office on May 1 this year.

During the visit, he will assess how the adverse impact of climate change affects the human rights of communities in vulnerable situations.

The special rapporteur will focus on loss and damage incurred due to climate change and extreme weather.

He said the impacts of climate change continue to take a huge economic and social toll on the people of Bangladesh.

Studies indicate that globally, costs related to loss and damage fom climate change impacts will rise to between $290 billion and $580 billion a year by 2030.

"The people of Bangladesh are suffering from the greenhouse gas pollution caused by the developed world. It is time the international community stepped up and took responsibility for these impacts,” the UN expert said. 

He will also pay special attention and explore how climate change impacts are forcing people to be displaced from their land and what measures are being taken to address these impacts. 

The UN expert will identify good practices, strategies and policies implemented by the government of Bangladesh, as the country adapts to climate change and builds resilience to its adverse impacts for the full and effective enjoyment of human rights.

Fry will travel to Dhaka, Khulna, and Sylhet to meet with communities affected by climate change.

He will also meet central and local district government officials, and representatives from civil society.

The special rapporteur will present a comprehensive report on his visit to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in June 2023.

Fry is the first special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change.

He was appointed by the Human Rights Council at its 49th session in March 2022 and started his mandate on May 1.

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