BNP welcomes Biden’s summit on climate

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:22, Apr 10,2021


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday welcomed the United States president Joseph Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate scheduled for April 22 and 23 virtually.

While giving reaction over the Bangladesh visit of special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that his party appreciates the initiative of Joe Biden for inviting 40 world leaders to join the summit hosted by US president Joe Biden. The online summit will be live-streamed for public viewing.

Besides, the US embassy in Dhaka in a press release said that John Kerry met prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, environment minister M Shahab Uddin, special envoy of the vulnerable forum presidency Abul Kalam Azad, parliament member Saber Hossain Chowdhury, and international partners on Friday to discuss cooperation to partner with Bangladesh and other vulnerable countries in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The trip laid the groundwork for president Joseph Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22-23, where Sheikh Hasina will be recognised for Bangladesh’s leadership of countries especially vulnerable to climate impacts, the release said.

As the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers, Bangladesh plays a vital role in international efforts to combat climate change and adapt and build resilience to climate hazards, it said.

Special presidential envoy Kerry’s trip also included stops in Abu Dhabi and New Delhi to raise global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November, it said.

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