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Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia to sign deal on environmental protection

  • Envoys of both countries held bilateral meeting
  • Discussed agricultural sustainability, mangrove conservation, waste management, smart city development, and land degradation strategies.
Update : 28 Feb 2024, 08:33 PM

Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration in protecting the environment and wildlife and combating climate change. 

The decision came when Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury held a bilateral meeting with Saudi Arabia's State Minister for Environment Dr Osama Ibrahim Faqeeha on the sidelines of the ongoing UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Recognising the mutual commitment to environmental protection, both nations agreed to enhance cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The agreement aims to bolster collaboration in key areas such as environmental protection, wildlife conservation, combating climate change and pollution control, according to a message.

During the meeting, State Minister Faqeeha extended a formal invitation to Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury to attend the United Nations Convention on Desertification (UNCCD) slated for December 2024.

“This invitation underscores the growing collaboration between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia in addressing environmental challenges on a global scale,” he said.

They discussed a wide array of issues, including knowledge exchange programs, agricultural sustainability, mangrove conservation, waste management, the development of smart cities, and strategies to address land degradation.

They underscored the need for the shared determination of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia to pursue innovative solutions for environmental issues.

Saber Hossain expressed Bangladesh's dedication to advancing environmental sustainability both locally and internationally.

In another program, the environment minister addressed the high-level segment titled “Strengthening Science Policy Interface for Effective Implementation of Environmental Commitments” where he shed light on the issues of the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, Delta Plan, National Adaptation Plan prepared by the Government of Bangladesh to deal with climate change.

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