Dr Momen and COP26 President discuss joint climate event during COP26 in Glasgow

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen and COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma today held an official bilateral talk on 2 September at 9 Downing Street when they discussed hosting a CVF-COP26 joint event on the sidelines of the COP26 in Glasgow in early November.

Highlighting Bangladesh’s important role in the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) under the chair of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr Momen sought to have the CVF-COP26 joint event to strengthen climate cooperation between the President of COP-26  and the most climate-vulnerable countries, including Bangladesh.

Furthermore, he proposed that the UK and Bangladesh expand their bilateral climate relations especially in transferring green technology, promoting green investment, and supporting climate mitigation projects such as building embankments to protect people from sea-level rise and river erosion.

At the meeting, Dr Momen briefed Alok Sharma on the COP26 agenda for Bangladesh, focusing particularly on loss and damage and the proposed CVF-COP26 Leaders’ Summit under Bangladesh Presidency.

Alok Sharma assured Bangladesh of the UK’s continued support for its climate initiatives covering different areas, including collaboration to promote green financing and investment, and technology transfer to build a clean and green future.

Later on the Day, Dr Momen delivered a climate talk titled “Forging a CVF-COP26 Climate Solidarity” at the UK’s foremost think tank Chatham House, calling for global solidarity and political commitment to combat climate challenges.

Mentioning Bangladesh’s various initiatives including the “Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan Decade 2030” and Bangladesh’s self-financed USD450 million Climate Change Trust Fund, the minister said that  the visionary leader, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been pursuing a low carbon development path although Bangladesh is a minimal emitter.

High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem gave her welcome speech at the dialogue, organised jointly by Bangladesh High Commission and Chatham House and attended by Maldives Speaker and former President and CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Mohamed Nasheed along with a number of CVF Ambassadors and High Commissioners and climate experts. Chatham House Chair Bernice Lee moderated the talk where several British and British-Bangladeshis joined in a question and answer session with the Foreign Minister.

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