Prime Minister wants the role of major economies to ensure a sustainable future



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the major economies of the world to work with all stakeholders on a partnership basis to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

She said the major economies need to work with all partners worldwide on a partnership basis to ensure a sustainable future for the next generation.

The Prime Minister made a six-point proposal for the forum to consider in an earlier recorded speech at a high-level summit titled "Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate" convened by US President Joe Biden in Washington DC on Friday (September 17).

In her first proposal, the Prime Minister called on the major carbon emitting countries to take steps to reduce their carbon emissions with a view to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In her second proposal, Sheikh Hasina said the developed countries need to meet their annual 100 billion pledge for climate funding and distribute 50:50 between adaptation and mitigation.

In the third proposal, the Prime Minister reiterated her call on developed countries to come forward with the most efficient energy solutions as well as technology transfer to developing countries.

In her fourth proposal, the Prime Minister said that in the transition to the use of renewable energy, the respective development priorities of the nation-states should be taken into account and the issues of losses should be considered on the basis of their experience.

In her fifth proposal, the Prime Minister said all countries need to share the responsibility of rehabilitating people displaced by rising sea levels, salinity, river erosion, floods and droughts.

She called for strong and significant results at the COP 26 conference in Glasgow next November and called on the world's major economies to play a key role in this endeavor.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh is one of the countries most at risk of climate change.

She added that in addition to the effects of rising sea levels, salinity, river erosion, floods and droughts, Bangladesh is facing severe climate effects due to the forced displacement of 11 lakh Rohingya from Myanmar.

Referring to her government as a pioneer in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has recently submitted an ambitious and updated NDC.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh has adopted the world's most comprehensive internal solar energy program.

She further said that Bangladesh is going to implement the ‘Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan’ which is a journey from climate risk to climate tolerance and from that to climate prosperity.

As President of the Climate Risk Forum (CVF) and V-20, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh's main goal is to highlight the interests of climate-risk-prone countries.

She added that Bangladesh also shares best practices through the South Asia Regional Office of the Global Center on Adaptation in Dhaka.