A two-day climate conference is kicking off on Thursday at the initiative of US President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead Bangladesh in the virtual conference. He will present four demands on behalf of Bangladesh at the conference. In addition, as president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an alliance of countries at risk of climate change, he will demand compensation for countries affected by climate change.
Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to the conference. John Kerry, the US President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, visited Bangladesh on April 9 with the invitation. At that time, he also tried to know and understand Bangladesh’s priorities on climate issues.
If you want to know what Bangladesh will demand in this conference, Foreign Minister said. AK Abdul Momen told Kaler Kanth, “Our demand is that every country should fulfill its National Determined Contribution (NDC) commitment.” We will have the issue, to give ১০ 100 billion to the climate fund every year. 50 percent of it will be spent on adaptation, the other 50 percent on mitigation. ‘
“Many of our people are displaced by river erosion,” he said. This river erosion, displacement due to salinity is due to rich countries. So our demand, help us in their rehabilitation. It should be everyone’s job. We didn’t get them in trouble. ”
The foreign minister said, “We want to plant trees and afforestation on a large scale. We have taken ‘Bangabandhu Afforestation Program’. We want everyone to help. In addition, we want to make the dams bigger and reforest them there. As a result, there will be both adaptation and mitigation. ”
Regarding the CVF’s demand for compensation, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “It will be very difficult to convince rich countries in this case. The matter is very difficult for him. As we have said, the previous year raised বিল 100 billion. In addition, we have launched a ‘Regional Adaptation Center’. They can play a supporting role in this. ”
It is learned that the climate conference will start at 7 pm on Thursday (7 am Washington DC time). US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will inaugurate the opening ceremony of the conference. The United States will be represented by Foreign Minister Anthony J. Blinken and John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for climate change. The event will be attended by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotte Shering. In addition, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, European Commission, France, Gabon, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Marshall Islands, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Top leaders will take part in the event.
After the inauguration ceremony, three episodes will be held on the first day of the conference. The next day, there will be two more episodes to be discussed tomorrow, Friday. The final episode will feature other leaders, including Brexitenergy founder Bill Gates.