Continue to support climate victims
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the developed countries to continue their support for the vulnerable countries like Bangladesh to fight the impacts of climate change.
They also urged the Bangladesh government and non-government organisations working in the country to maintain transparency in the climate adaptation projects and lay more emphasis on women's sexual and reproductive health.
Khan Foundation (KF), a charity, organised the seminar at Hotel Bengal Blueberry in the capital to discuss the progress of adaptation agendas which were addressed at the UN climate conference held in Marrakech of Morocco in 2016.
The developed countries committed to providing their support for vulnerable countries during the conference and some decisions were made for adaptation, said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh.
“So the countries must allocate enough funding for Bangladesh, one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, to fight the climate change issues like rise of temperature and sea level and increase of salinity in coastal areas,” said Saleemul, also the chairperson of KF.
Speaking as guest of honour, French ambassador Sophie Aubert said women were the most vulnerable of climate change and their sexual and reproductive health become affected a lot.
The adaptation projects in the country should give more emphasis on women and their sexual and reproductive health, she said.
Rokhsana Khondker, executive director of KF; Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, a former minister; Rezaul Karim, executive director of Coast Trust; Dr Hamidul Huq, professor of United International University; Mizan R Khan, professor of North South University, and M Hafijul Islam Khan, director of the Centre for Climate Justice-Bangladesh, also spoke.