Bangladesh needs to focus on keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius, climate funding, technology transfer, and rehabilitating the climate migrants, at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate to be held on April 22-23, said leading climate experts and policymakers today.

At the same time, Bangladesh also needs to focus on the damages being incurred by the frequent and intense events of climate change — floods, cyclones, salinity intrusion that are affecting the health and livelihoods of millions of people, mostly in the coastal and char areas, they said.

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The observations came at a webinar jointly organised by COAST Foundation, Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network, Bangladesh Indigenous People Network on Climate Change & Biodiversity (BIPNet-CCBD), and Centre for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD).

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change, said Biden has returned to Paris Agreement and is now seeking to take a leadership position on climate. Biden’s new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy is a testimony to it.

He said Paris Agreement signed in 2015 speaks of keeping the global temperature within 2 degrees Celsius, but “We should demand to keep it to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It should an imperative.”

Saber said Bangladesh should strongly demand mobilising $100 billion for the Green Climate Fund annually from 2020.

At the webinar, BRAC University Professor Emeritus Dr Ainun Nishat also said that Bangladesh might not benefit from the market mechanism under Paris Agreement. Therefore, the focus should be on finance and climate migration as the US has recognised the issue of climate migration.

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