Sunday, April 21, 2019

Hasina calls for technology transfer to tackle climate change effects

  • Sumon Mahbub from New York,
    Published: 2018-09-27 00:53:36 BdST


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on the world leaders for technology development and transfer as support and capacity building for countries vulnerable to climate change like Bangladesh.

She made the call at a high-level dialogue of the leaders on climate change implementation of the Paris Agreement - Towards COP24 and Beyond – at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

“We need support for climate change adaptation and wider ‘capacity building’ and, also for ‘technology’ development and transfer in areas like agriculture, public health, disaster management,” she said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the event and spoke to Hasina personally.

The prime minister hoped that the member states will utilise the opportunity in COP 24 in Poland in December this year to have a more focused discussion on climate finance “to put the world on track” to meet pre-2020 ambition and long term goals of the Paris Agreement.

Hasina noted that having born in the riverine delta of Bangladesh, she grew up “watching the ups and downs of life in the riverside”.

“I saw our people’s resilience, adaptation and innovation in battling climate change. I saw the way people made Bangladesh self-reliant in food production, in spite of the natural disasters,” she said.

The premier recalled her father and the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman used to ask them in their childhood to take care of Bangladesh’s soil and water.

“He dreamt of realising Golden Bangladesh as well as a shared future for all by protecting and nurturing our environment along with the economy,” Hasina said.

Bangladesh now mainstreamed climate actions and disaster risks reduction in its national plan, she said.

The country has investment of over 1 percent of its GDP to address the climate change impacts, according to the prime minister.

Moreover, $450 million was allocated from its own resources for adaptation and mitigation purposes, she said.

The country also transformed its agriculture making it more resilient to the impacts of climate change, Hasina said.

She described how her government worked to cap average per capita emission like other developing countries as she announced in New York five years ago.

“Our commitment to low-carbon, climate-resilient development is firm. We plan to move to ‘Carbon budgeting’, resilient industrialisation. We wish to ‘de-carbonise’ our ‘manufacturing pathways’,” she said.

She also said Bangladesh installed around six million Solar Home Systems and provided two million Improved Cook Stoves among the poorest.

“We are developing stress-tolerant crop varieties to cope. In spite of our limitations, we allocated 385 million US dollars to our own funds for adaptation and mitigation,” she added.