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Germany hosts ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ for climate ambition in Dhaka

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2018-12-05 02:03:29 BdST


The German embassy has hosted a ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ on climate ambition in Dhaka marking the ongoing 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

The embassy said it hosted a ‘climate breakfast’ on Dec 3 bringing together government, private sector and civil society representatives.

‘Talanoa’ is a traditional word used across the Pacific to reflect a process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue.

The purpose of Talanoa is to build empathy through storytelling and to make wise decisions for the collective good.

New Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz stressed “unmistakably that the negative effects of climate change becoming perceptible for more and more people worldwide must immediately be taken seriously and must urgently be fought on a global level.”

Members of government and industry highlighted the progresses that Bangladesh has already achieved to counteract the negative consequences of climate change.

Civil society representatives repeatedly claimed that their communities would not yet sufficiently benefit from the efforts by government and industry.

In the framework of a Talanoa Dialogue, the six panellists Rizwana Hasan (BELA), Nahid Rezwana (Dhaka University), Sultan Ahmed (Ministry of Environment and Forests), Emdadul Haque (formerly: BEZA), Md. Fazlul Hoque (Plummy Fashions Ltd.) and Md. Nizamul Azim (Rajshahi City Corporation) and the nearly 40 invitees were given a voice to share their stories, ambitions and engagements regarding climate change.