Sheikh Hasina receives Climate Mobility Champion Leader Award
Dhaka, Dec 2: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the 'Climate Mobility Champion Leader' award in recognition of her leadership and vocal voice in combating the harmful effects of global climate change. She was awarded the prize by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN-backed Global Center for Climate Mobility.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud received the award on behalf of the Prime Minister from UN General Assembly President Ambassador Dennis Francis and IOM Director-General Amy Pope at a high-level panel session on the side-lines of the World Climate Conference-Cop 28 in Dubai on Friday 1 December at noon. Hasan Mahmud, chief information minister and environmentalist of the delegation of Bangladesh at COP-28, presented the keynote at the high-level panel session titled 'Encouraging Climate Dynamics for Adaptation and Resilience'.
Pointing out that now is the right time to bring the issue of climate mobility to the mainstream of the global climate change discussion, the information minister said that at the Climate Mobility Summit of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina brought the issue of climate-induced migration and displacement to the attention of world leaders.
Before this, Bangladesh has highlighted the issue in two dialogues organized by Dhaka and IOM in cooperation with Dhaka and last year at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, said Hasan Mahmud. At the same time, he highlighted various aspects of Bangladesh's initiatives led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to face the challenge of climate change, including the construction of the world's largest multi-storey social housing project to resettle 4,400 displaced families in Cox's Bazar.
Hasan Mahmud said the Climate Mobility Champion Leader Award is a significant international recognition of the Prime Minister and the world's support for Bangladesh's continued leadership in addressing climate mobility and the challenges arising from it.
The award-winning Global Center for Climate Mobility works with the United Nations, regional intergovernmental organizations and development finance agencies to develop collaborative, comprehensive solutions to climate mobility.