The United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy, will host COP 26 this year in November in Glasgow, Scotland
Emphasis should shift to an implementation of climate-related global agreements from negotiations, a discussion session was told on Monday.
“We don’t need to negotiate anymore in the way we did in the past. We need to need to shift the emphasis on the implementation of the agreements,” Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate and Development, said while speaking at a programme, ‘UK and Bangladesh Climate Action towards COP26 and beyond," at the British High Commissioner’s residence on Monday.
“The implementation of Paris COP doesn’t need any permission from anybody,” he said, placing great emphasis on an implementation of the provisions of the Paris COP with the help of stakeholders.
“The negotiations, however, can continue alongside the implementation of the agreements with respect to climate change,” he added.
Dr Huq also said that the withdrawal of the United States and others from the Paris deal cannot hold the rest of the world hostage and indeed the adverse effects of climate change had to be addressed.
“We must move on,” he said.
The British High Commission invited government, academic and civil society representatives to convey the UK’s ambition for this year’s UN climate change conference (COP 26) and its growing collaboration with Bangladesh in advancing the climate agenda towards COP 26 and beyond.
The United Kingdom, in partnership with Italy, will host COP 26 this year in November in Glasgow, Scotland.
British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson opened the discussion by reflecting on the global outcomes of COP25 and setting out the UK’s ambition for COP26.
“Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The UK and Bangladesh can form a great partnership to lead global efforts to tackle it. Our combined expertise and leadership mean we can work together to raise the world’s ambition before and during COP26, seeking global commitment on adapting to climate impacts and building resilience for the future,” he said.
Ziaul Hasan, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Focal Point for Bangladesh, delivered the keynote speech, highlighting the government’s efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
The Environment Secretary was joined by Sultana Afroz, Additional Secretary of the Economic Relations Division, Mohammed Malik of Infrastructure Development Company Ltd, Sharaban Tahura Zaman, Lecturer, Department of Law of North South University, and LDCs group negotiator at COP25.
The panelists reflected on the process and outcomes of COP25, the journey to COP26, and opportunities for the UK and Bangladesh to raise global ambition in reducing the emissions gap.
They reminded the audience of the obligations of developed countries to help nations that had become vulnerable due to industrialisation.
The Country Representative of the Department for International Development (DFID) delivered the closing remarks on UK-Bangladesh cooperation beyond COP26.
She said that DFID was planning a new programme to support adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change as well as environmental management in Bangladesh.
”Our vision is that through our partnership and our programming, we can show what can be done to clean up growth and build resilience across the country; and share this expertise with other countries,” she added.
The UK is already a key partner with Bangladesh on disaster management and resilience building. Since 2008, the UK and Bangladesh have jointly helped over 27 million people gain access to early warning systems for floods and cyclones, and provided post-disaster emergency assistance and recovery support to more than 900,000 people.