Bangladesh PM’s stake in COP26 is crucial: Momen

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s role in upcoming COP26 as Climate vulnerable Forum’s chair (CVF) would be crucial while the summit is expected to set the global course in negating the climate change impacts, foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday.

“Bangladesh, as the president of CVF, have been playing a strong role while honarouble Prime Minister will chair a ‘CVF-COP26 Leaders dialogue’ on the conference sidelines (as well),” Momen told a media briefing.

The Bangladesh premier is scheduled to leave for the UK on Sunday to join the COP26 where, Momen said, she would address the high-level meeting of COP26 on November 1 in Glasgow.

The summit’s main host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier said
the event must be a “turning point for humanity” while Sheikh Hasina would hold an exclusive meeting with him coinciding with the COP26 dialogue.

Momen said the 48-nation CVF dialogue was expected to yield ‘Dhaka-Glasgow Declaration’ focusing on climate mitigation, adaptation and financing.

He said sheikh Hasina would also hold bilateral talks with Prince of Wales Prince Charles and other global leaders including Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

He said on November 1 Sheikh Hasina would also attend as the chief guest a joint meeting of CVF-Commonwealth.

The CVF that comprises 48 countries considered as most climate vulnerable nations.

According to Momen on the next day she was scheduled to join a meeting titled ‘Action and Solidarity-the critical decade’ on the British premier’s invitation and another discussion titled ‘Women and Climate’.

The Bangladesh premier’s Glasgow tour would be followed by a visit to
France from November 9 to 13 to join some UN hosted programmes.

Besides, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will present a paper titled ‘A call
for Climate Prosperity’ to the Scottish lawmakers at the Scotland Parliament.

According to the premier’s schedule from November 3 to 8, she would visit London where deliver a speech to the British lawmakers at West Minister Place marking the 50-year anniversary of Bangladesh.

She would also virtually join an investment summit organized by Bangladesh Security Exchange Commission and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA).

Sheikh Hasina is expected to unveil newly published books on classified
documents on Bangabandhu under the auspices of Bangladesh High Commission in London.