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Copenhagen P4G Summit opens new horizon for green growth in Bangladesh: FM

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-10-22 01:14:06 BdST

The first summit of the global initiative P4G or Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 has opened a new horizon for green growth in Bangladesh, the foreign minister says.

AH Mahmood Ali spoke at the first summit in Copenhagen which ended on Oct 20, the Bangladesh embassy said.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh, being one of the most vulnerable counties to the adverse impact of climate change, finds “strong attachment” with the core values of the newly formed alliance of P4G.

It is a new Danish-led international green initiative, formally launched in New York in September 2017 during the 72nd UNGA, with the ambition of becoming the world’s leading forum for developing concrete public-private partnerships to deliver on, inter alia, SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

It aims to bring together businesses, governments, and civil society organizations in innovative public-private partnerships to advance solutions that help meet humanity’s greatest needs in five key areas: food and agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy, aligning with SDGs with special emphasis on Goals 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17, among others.

The first P4G Summit held in Copenhagen on Oct 19 and 20.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rusmussen inaugurated the summit which was attended by heads of state from South Korea, Vietnam, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and ministers from China, Japan and other countries, CEOs, academicians, international organisations and entrepreneurs.

The Bangladesh foreign minister led a 13-member delegation, both from public and private sector, to the summit.

He said P4G would “promote new and innovative business opportunities, including transfer of technology between the partner countries”.

Mahmood Ali also met his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen on the sidelines of the summit.

They signed the framework of government to government or G2G MoU in relation to Danish support to the dairy sector in Bangladesh on a platform for Public Private Participation.

Another business to business (B2B) MoU was signed between Milk vita Bangladesh and Danish dairy giant Arla Foods to promote collaboration to achieve sustainability in the Dairy sector of Bangladesh through business sector, the embassy said in a statement.

Senior Secretary to Rural Development and Cooperatives SM Ghulam Farooque, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Denmark Muhammad A Muhith, Director General of West Europe and EU of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khorshed Alam  Khastagir, and Managing Director of Milk Vita Mohammad Atahr Ali were present during the MoU-signing ceremony.