Ex-UN chief brackets Bangladesh as ‘model case’ for climate change adaptation

Ex-UN chief brackets Bangladesh as ‘model case’ for climate change adaptation

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Dhaka, Jul 10: Former UN Secretary General and Chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday proposed to set up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh, which will serve the regions in the South and South-East Asia.

Ki-moon, who met Hasina, on the sidelines of a two-day Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation at Intercontinental Hotel here, said Bangladesh will be the worst affected countries of the climate changes.

Ki-moon, along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine, praised the disaster management of Bangladesh, said Ihsanul Karim, Press Secretary of Ms Hasina, who briefed reporters, after the joint meeting, the Dhaka Tribune quoted UNB as saying.

They said some 1,000,000 people were killed in the 1970 cyclone, while 150,000 in the 1991 cyclone, but few died in the recent cyclone Fani due to the government's good management.

According to Ki-moon, Bangladesh will be the worst-affected countries of climate changes.

In reply, Hasina said Bangladesh made little contribution to the carbon emission, which is responsible for climate change, but the country is working to this end.

Both Ki-moon and Hilda lauded the leadership role of Hasina, to face the adverse impacts of climate change.

Ki-moon said, "You [Sheikh Hasina] are one of the few global leaders who advocate about climate change issues. I count on your continued commitment."

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, it's Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Principal Coordinator on SDGs Affairs at the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office Abul Kalam Azad, were also present at the meeting. (UNI)