January 17, 2021, 8:47 am

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2020-12-03 10:44:34 BdST

Saima calls for action plan to address challenges of climate change

Ambassador of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Saima Wazed Hossain has called for raising global awareness about climate vulnerabilities to fight against the adverse impacts of climate change.

She also called for CVF-COP26 resilience action plan to address climate change and mental health challenges at a high-level dialogue titled ‘CVF-COP 26 Dialogue: Meeting the Survival Deadline towards Maximal Resilience’ organised by Bangladesh High Commission in London on Monday.

The CVF chose Saima Wazed Hossain as its Thematic Ambassador for Vulnerability in July this year.

Chaired by Bangladesh High Commissioner to UK Saida Muna Tasneem, UK Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith, Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, Prof. Saleemul Huq, Chair of CVF Expert Advisory Group and Prof Patrick Verkooijen, CEO, Global Center on Adaptation, spoke at the high-level segment of the dialogue.

Abul Kalam Azad, Special Envoy to Bangladesh Presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, presented a keynote paper at the dialogue. The event was participated, among others, by High Commissioners/Ambassadors and diplomats of 40 CVF member countries based in London.

In his speech, British Minister Lord Goldsmith reiterated the UK’s call to the governments for stepping up on finance for nature-based solutions (NBS), which provides around a third of the most cost-effective climate change mitigation.

He emphasised UK’s ambitious climate action plans as President-elect of COP26 as well as its long-term strategies towards a net-zero by 2050.

Shahriar Alam in his speech said Bangladesh remains one of the worst affected victims of global emissions, despite having a negligible carbon footprint. But the country has made remarkable progress in both adaptation and mitigation measures with strong political commitment and prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the resilience and strength of its people.

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