Bangladesh not a victim of climate change but has much to offer the world

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Bangladesh is not a victim of climate change, but a country which has much to offer the rest of the world around adaptation and mitigation said Saber Hussain Chowdhury MP who was speaking at London’s Royal Geographical Society on 1 July. He further added that in Bangladesh women were the agents of change and the world can learn from Bangladesh and apply it globally.

The event focusing on Bangladesh, titled ‘Climate change challenges: Lessons from Bangladesh’ which has often been highlighted as a hotspot of climate vulnerability due to its geographical and economic context, the discussion presented the country in a new light. It examined the skilled and pragmatic responses that are being applied to the challenges of climate change in this area. 

The event was jointly organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) during London Climate Action Week as they shared emerging knowledge on how to tackle climate change globally.

The panel discussion was chaired by Prof Joe Smith, Director, Royal Geographical Society. Speakers included Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK & Ireland, Saber Hossain Choudhury MP who advocates on climate change, disaster risk reduction & sustainable development, Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) & Professor Sir David King, Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Special Representative for Climate Change from 2013 until 2017.

Panel guests shared their insights into how Bangladesh is now on the path to becoming climate resilient, the lessons that can be learned from this, and where things are heading.

The event was part of London Climate Action Week, which runs from 1-8 July. The week will provide opportinty to share world low carbon solutions and expertise, and highlight what London is doing to tackle climate emergency.

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