‘It is high time that we renew our efforts to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework to their true letter and spirit’ said Ambassador Momen
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has said the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will mostly depend on preventing global climate change and minimizing disaster risks.
Ambassador Masud addressed the plenary discussion of the second committee of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sustainable Development, at the UN headquarters in New York, on Monday, reports UNB.
He emphasized focusing discussions on climate finance and climate justice to meet pre-2020 ambition and long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
The ambassador said: "While we have been making efforts mostly with our own resources, it is essential that our development partners provide financial resources and ensure technology transfers to assist us with respect to mitigation, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction."
Ambassador Masud also said they expressed deep concern over the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The report warns about the dangerous consequences to poverty eradication, food security, and public health if we fail to limit the global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius.
"It is high time that we renew our efforts to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework to their true letter and spirit," said Ambassador Momen.
He added that Bangladesh is one of the 10 most climate-vulnerable countries in the world.
Ambassador Masud said: "Climate change poses an existential threat to our 160 million people, although we have hardly contributed to the deterioration of the environment."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina restated her government's commitment to the Paris Agreement at the High Level Leaders' Dialogue arranged by the UN Secretary General and said that Bangladesh will never exceed the average per-capita emission of the developing world.