World to learn from Bangladesh’s climate experience: UK official


The UK government’s COP26 Regional Ambassador to Asia-Pacific and South Asia, Ken O’Flaherty on Wednesday said Bangladesh, being a key player in the world, has been doing remarkably well in its action against climate change.

“The world wants to learn from Bangladesh’s experiences in fighting against climate change,” he said.

The ambassador said this in a bilateral discussion meeting with Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin at the ministry’s conference room at Secretariat here, said a press release.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary (administration) Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Additional Secretary (development) Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Additional Secretary (climate change) Md Mizanul Hoque Chowdhury and Additional Secretary of Climate Change wing Sanjay Kumar Bhowmick were present at the meeting among others.

Ken O’Flaherty said the UK appreciates Bangladesh’s role in raising voice for global climate action, including yearly 100 billion dollar assistance, loss and damage and article 6.

Britain expects an exemplary declaration from Bangladesh government which will encourage regional countries, he said, adding Britain is working hard for practical solutions to climate change in COP26.

Ken O’Flaherty said Britain will provide necessary assistance to Bangladesh in the areas of climate change action.

Shahab Uddin said Bangladesh has finalized work of updating BCCSAP and is formulating NAP.

Noting that Bangladesh has drafted the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan 2030, he said the country has submitted updated NDC by increasing its contribution three times to reduce carbon emission than that of its previous one.

Bangladesh will enhance its contribution further if it is assisted with sufficient fund and technology, the minister said, adding the country expects an effective outcome from the COP26.