PM Hasina calls G20 to mobilise global support to address climate refugee issue

“Our scientists have developed flood, drought and saline water-resistant crops varieties and floating agriculture technology. We have been expanding the construction of cyclone shelters programme, first introduced by our Father of the Nation 45 years ago. Our government has been spending on an average US$ 2 billion, one per cent of the GDP, per year since 2010 for adaptation purposes.”

She also said Bangladesh Parliament recently adopted a resolution titled ‘Planetary Emergency’ calling upon all other parliaments to declare this existential threat as an emergency for all countries.

Hasina said Bangladesh is still off track to achieve the SDGs by 2030. “COVID-19 pandemic has further slowed us. Under the circumstances, G20 must announce accelerated actions to re-invigorate the global economy in the spirit of ‘building back better’ and if I may add ‘greener’.”

In this connection, she placed three issues of priority:

Firstly, for successful implementation of 2030 Agenda, addressing climate change is fundamental as both have symbiotic relationships with each other.

Secondly, all need greater collaboration from the international community for a unified, stronger and green mechanism to tackle the negative impacts of climate change and uphold sustainability. G20 countries have specific roles to play here.

And thirdly, the global financing mechanism must be replenished as promised in a true spirit of responsibility sharing and partnership.

Princess Bessmah Bint Bader, F20 Co-Chair, King Khalid Foundation and F20 chair Klaus Milke were also present at the programme.

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