Criticising adaptation measures, Hasina seeks more actions and robust finance

In the series of articles by our Youth Newsroom reporters, Sohanur Rahman from Bangladesh reflects on the contribution of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

In a pre-recorded video message for the high level opening session at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (CAS2021), Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said we are reaching the limit of climate adaptation. “Global adaptation actions are far from keeping pace with the scale  of devastation due to lack of finance and political will,” she said.

The two-day Sumit  convenes global leaders and local stakeholders to discuss pressing issues and needed action to adapt to climate change. In the high level opening session, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte presided over the event, and highlighted the close cooperation with Bangladesh as a counterpart in terms of climate adaptation. Hasina applauded the Dutch Prime Minister’s leadership to act now.

The Climate Vulnerable Countries need robust global climate finance, technology transfer, capacity development with increased ambitions. Hasina said that“Bangladesh has emerged as a global leader on locally-led adaptation measures and it developed the Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 with support from the Netherlands.”

"Bangladesh is often referred to as the ground zero for climate change adverse impacts. Adapting to the damage already done is as important as the process of reducing future losses and damages. But global adaptation actions are far from keeping pace with the scale of devastation due to the lack of finance and political will," said Hasina.
She further elaborated that the recent experiences of Covid-19 have demonstrated the importance of being united and taking timely action.
In celebration of  the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said the government has planted 11.5 million saplings and launched a programme called "Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan".

She said the draft National Adaptation Plan will be the main policy document for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process assisted by the Forest Investment Plan.

Locally Led

"We have undertaken 789 projects for 443 million dollars from our own Climate Change Trust Fund based on locally-led measures," the Prime Minister said. “As the President of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the host to the South Asian office of Global Centre on Adaptation, Bangladesh is promoting locally led adaptation that can bring forth tangible solutions for the vulnerable communities in different countries of the world."

CAS2021 would see the launch of a comprehensive Adaptation Action Agenda that sets out clear commitments to deliver concrete new endeavors and partnerships to make the world more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Sohanur Rahman