Bangladesh for shared liability to disaster induced people
15 October 2015, Nirapad News: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali demanded shared responsibility of all states to protect the climate and disaster-induced displaced people and mitigate their miseries.
He was speaking along with other ministers at the ‘Nansen Initiative Global Consultation’ in Geneva on 12 October, said a foreign ministry press release.
Around 350 delegates from 132 countries including the Prime Minister from Cook Islands, ministers from different countries including Kenya, Madagascar, Kiribati, Lesotho, and high officials from 132 states and UN and other international organizations including civil society leaders attended the meeting.
Actions for protection of the climate and disaster induced displaced unfortunate people was discussed and recommend at the conference inaugurated by Switzerland foreign affairs minister Didier Burkhalter, the release added.
Describing the challenges for Bangladesh caused by climate change and natural disaster and its dire adverse effects in the near future, the minister mentioned that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has developed resilience to combat the ill-effects of climate change.
He referred to the award ‘’The Champions of the Earth’’ in the Policy Leadership category conferred by the United Nations on the Prime Minister for her outstanding contribution towards mitigating the ill-effects of climate change.
Nonetheless, he added that there is always a limit to resilience, no matter how strong the resilience is.
The foreign minister also pointed out from the 5th IPCC report that Bangladesh had lost 6 % of GDP during the period of 1998 to 2009 due to extreme climate events, as a result the state is likely to experience 15 % increase in poverty by 2030.
Quoting from IPCC, he mentioned that one meter rise in sea level would inundate one sixth of Bangladesh, which would result in displacement of 31.5 million people, and with a risk of 2 to 3 % of GDP loss in each year.
He demanded that all states must share the burden of this calamity and hardship, especially the states which were more responsible than others for polluting the environment and for bringing on the climate change.
In the afternoon session Bangladesh foreign minister launched a book titled “A Tale from Climate Ground Zero: Climate Change, Land and People of Bangladesh” with the Bangladesh foreign secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque, permanent representative and ambassador of Bangladesh in Switzerland, M Shameem Ahsan, envoy to the chairmanship of Nansen Initiative Professor Walter Kaelin and photographer Din Muhammad Shibly.
The FM also bilaterally met the foreign ministers of Switzerland and Costa Rica.
The Swiss foreign minister lauded the role of Bangladesh in the international fora and hoped that in the Nansen Initiative, Bangladesh could also play a very significant role.
He praised the wise and commendable leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in every sphere of the economy and society.
He showed keen interest to invest in Bangladesh by Swiss entrepreneurs, preferably for long terms.
They further discussed how to combat violent extremism and similar social vices.
Foreign minister mentioned that readymade garments and ICT are the prime areas earmarked by the government for the climate change induced displaced people.
Costa Rican foreign minister emphasized on sharing the experiences and good practices among the states.
In response, the foreign minister mentioned the dual-use cyclone shelters of Bangladesh and described how they save lives during the cyclones and are used as primary schools during the day time.
Foreign minister also described the decision-making hierarchy, both at local and national levels to his counterpart.