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12:00 AM, November 28, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:13 AM, November 28, 2020

Stronger co-op needed among S Asian countries

Says FM on climate change adaptation

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has called for stronger collaboration between the South Asian countries for an effective implementation of adaptation activities.

He was addressing a virtual meeting, organised by the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) on Thursday, on setting strategic policies and finalising the work programme of GCA's regional office for South Asia.

The minister appreciated the support of the South Asian countries for the establishment of GCA's regional office in Dhaka.

Momen underscored GCA's contribution towards driving international ambition on adaptation and strengthening the partnerships that are critical to the commitments made in the Paris Agreement on addressing climate change.

He said Bangladesh was determined to support both the GCA and Climate Vulnerable Forum from its hard-earned experience on adaptation.

South Asia is one of the most adversely affected regions of the world due to climate change, he said, adding that all the countries of the region will incur huge per capita GDP losses without large scale and comprehensive adaptive measures.

The minister expressed hope that the South Asian countries could learn and work together, survive and even thrive under challenging circumstances through collaboration between themselves.

Momen called for keeping up the momentum of the creation of the "Global Hub on Locally Led Action".

Speaking at the event, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin emphasised on GCA's priorities for the South Asia region.

Participants from the South Asian countries and different development partners, including the World Bank, UNDP, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Japan International Cooperation Agency, also took part in the discussion.


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