World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change: PM

Staff Correspondent
10 September 2019, Tue
Published: 05:18

World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change: PM

World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a message on the occasion of the launching of the flagship report of the Global Commission on Adaptation, on Tuesday (September-10).

Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangladesh is home to some of the initiatives taking place all over the world that collectively offer us a road-map for resilience in the struggle to adapt to climate change,” 

PM told that a new research report of the commission shows that although Bangladesh has made great strides, there is still more work 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.

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 CEO of the World Bank.

The report was released as climate impacts are becoming an increasingly urgent reality for people around the world. Without action, climate change could push more than 100 million people in developing countries below the poverty line by 2030, official reports. And, specifically, the analysis finds that investing US$ 1.9 trillion globally in five areas from 2020 to 2030 could generate US$ 7 trillion in total net benefits.

On the other hand, Chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation Ban Ki-moon said climate change does not respect borders: it is an international problem that can only be solved with co-operation and collaboration, across borders and worldwide.

Ban Ki-moon told that it is becoming increasingly clear that in many parts of the world, our environment has already changed and we need to adapt with it. Mitigation and adaptation go hand in hand as two equally important building blocks of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Ban Ki-moon also said that adaptation is the right thing to boost economic growth and create a climate resilient world.

CEO of the Global Centre on Adaptation Patrick Verkooijen told that climate change is already here. We must adapt to its disruptive effects by doing everything possible to protect lives and livelihoods while seizing the opportunity to create and spread solutions that will make our world stronger and better equipped to deal with future climate challenges. Adaptation generates economic, social and environmental benefits,  a triple dividend.