Germany to help Bangladesh in tackling the effects of climate change
Dhaka, September 21: German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim Troster said that Germany's cooperation in all activities related to the impact of climate change and in the ongoing development in Bangladesh will continue at an increasing pace. This cooperation will be based on mutual talks and needs. He made the remarks during a meeting with Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin at the ministry's conference room on Monday (September 20th).
Referring to Bangladesh as a very close ally of Germany, the German Ambassador said that Germany would continue its cooperation through the Paris Climate Agreement and the Green Climate Fund. Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Iqbal Abdullah Harun and Additional Secretary of the Climate Change Division Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik were present on the occasion.
Environment Minister Md. Shahab Uddin told the German Ambassador that as the President of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and Vulnerable-20, Bangladesh is playing a significant role in the international arena on climate change. As the President of CVF, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced 'Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan' for overall prosperity.
He hoped that the world leaders would reach a consensus on other issues of the Paris Climate Agreement, including Article 6 (Market Mechanism), with the rich countries pledging USD 100 billion annually to developing countries at risk to tackle climate change.
The Minister thanked BMZ and German development agency GIZ for their cooperation in updating Bangladesh's 'Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan' and forest management. He also sought Germany's cooperation in areas related to climate change, including technology transfer, capacity building, renewable energy and the implementation of adaptation activities in urban areas.