Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the governments and businesses around the globe to take urgent action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions.
‘Bangladesh is home to some of the initiatives taking place all over the world that collectively offer us a roadmap for resilience in the struggle to adapt to climate change,’ she said in a message marking the launching of the flagship report of the Global Commission on Adaptation.
Sheikh Hasina said that a new research report of the commission showed that although Bangladesh had made great strides, there were still more works to be done.
‘That’s why I am delighted to see the opening of the Global Centre on Adaptation’s new office in Dhaka. This new office will assist Bangladesh in her coordination of new efforts and ideas to adapt to climate change while also serving as a portal for the rest of the world to learn from the successful journey we have undertaken so far,’ she said.
The Global Commission on Adaptation report was launched at events in over 10 capitals and cities around the world, creating momentum behind a new social media campaign — #AdaptOurWorld# – to demonstrate the strong global demand for adaptation.
The report finds that investing $1.9 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five areas can yield $7 trillion in net benefits.
The Commission is led by Ban Ki-moon, former secretary general of the United Nations, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva, the World Bank CEO.
Bangladesh is a convening country of the Global Commission and hosted a meeting of the high profile figures from the worlds of politics, business and civil society in July this year.