EU envoy: Bangladesh can offer solutions to global climate change

Bangladesh is well-positioned to provide the world with solutions to tackling climate change, says Ambassador of the European Union Delegation Charles Whiteley.

The envoy made the remarks on Monday at a EU Delegation organized roundtable on climate change on Monday ahead of the COP26 in Glasgow.

Ambassador Whiteley opened the discussion by highlighting the importance of both Bangladesh and the EU in terms of the climate debate. 

He also noted that Bangladesh plays a major role in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). 

The EU envoy said: “Bangladesh has a wealth of ideas on how to address the challenges of climate change both at home and in the wider world. This exchange will help to enrich our preparations for COP26 and to deliver a result that meets the needs and expectations of both Bangladesh and the EU.”

EU Delegation to Bangladesh Jeremy Opritesco, Dario Trombetta, and Towheed Feroze was present at the meeting

Whiteley later drew attention to the EU’s Climate Law, enshrined in legislation EU commitments, including to achieve ‘climate neutrality’ by 2050. 

The eminent climate specialists present at the meeting outlined their expectations for COP26.

They discussed how the EU and Bangladesh could work together before and after the conference, and what actions need to be taken to build climate resilience. 

EU Delegation representatives also took stock of the EU’s Climate Adaptation Strategy published last August and the Team Europe Initiative on Green Energy Transition, which will help Bangladesh meet its energy demands with renewable sources. 

Other issues discussed at the meeting included ensuring climate finance was supported, the importance of technology transfer and capacity building, preserving the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the impacts of Covid-19, and building resilience against it and the need for international discussion on climate-induced migration.

The Executive Director of Center for Policy Dialogue Dr Fahmida Khatun, Dr Ainun Nishat, Professor Emeritus of BRAC University, Major General Muniruzzaman (retd) of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies, Dr Mizanur Rahman Khan from the International Center for Climate Change and Development, Dr Atiq Rahman from Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, Research Fellow of BIPSS Shafqat Munir, and UNDP Climate Specialist AK Mamunur Rashid also took part in this event.

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