Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the developed nations to fulfill their commitments in ensuring climate justice and meeting the historical responsibility to protect the world.
“I would like to urge the developed countries to fulfill their commitments in bringing climate justice and meeting historical responsibility. We can secure the world only through shared responsibility,” she said.
The Prime Minister was delivering her speech at the One Planet Summit in Paris at the La Seine Musicale in Seguin Island.
French President Emmanuel Macron, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the Summit of the international leaders and committed citizens from around the world to address the ecological emergencies for planet after two years of Paris Agreement.
The main focus of this Summit is to determine how those working in public and private finance can innovate to support and accelerate common efforts to fight climate change.
Sheikh Hasina also said she strongly believed that collective commitments and actions for ‘resilience and adaptation’ will contribute to peace, stability and prosperity, and addressing inequalities across societies.
In this connection, she announced that Bangladesh government will initiate necessary programmes for increasing two percent tree coverage in Bangladesh from the existing 22 percent to 24 percent within the next five years.
“We’ll intensify our efforts to meet the target from our own resources as well as support from partners,” she added.
Talking about the influx of Myanmar Rohingyas in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has been facing huge challenge due to the influx of over one million forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.
She mentioned that on humanitarian ground, Bangladesh has given them shelter on 1,783 hectares of its forest land in Cox’s Bazar.
“This crisis has severely affected our forest and environment in that area.
In this situation, climate adaptation has become a major challenge,” she said.
The Prime Minister mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impact of climate change although it is not responsible for this threat.
“Yet, with our limited resources, we’re addressing the consequences of climate change by mitigation and adaptation. This has been mainstreamed in our sustainable development strategy aimed at becoming a middle-income country by 2021,” she said.