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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury Monday said climate change has become a very prominent feature of the UK’s engagement with Bangladesh, reports UNB.

“We are committed to putting developing countries at the heart of the world’s response to climate change,” he said, adding, “We see the compelling case for action in Bangladesh.

And, as a pioneer of adaptation measures, Bangladesh can be a beacon for others.” The High Commissioner made the remarks as the UK, in collaboration with the Bangladesh government is hosting a major climate change conference (Tuesday) at the Sheraton Hotel in Dhaka.

The day-long conference, arranged jointly by the British High Commission and DFID-Bangladesh, will bring together Advisers, top-level representatives from across different government ministries, climate change experts, the media and heads of donor organisations.

The conference is seen as a stepping stone for the high-profile international event on climate change in Bangladesh, to be held in London in May 2008. Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury will open the conference, in a session which focuses on international leadership.

Finance Adviser Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam will chair a session. DFID Country Representative Chris Austin said “Climate change is an issue for us all to tackle together - it is not just an environmental issue, it is a developmental one... perhaps the post critical long-term challenge that Bangladesh faces.” He said UK wants to stand together with Bangladesh.

“We think Bangladesh has an important international role to play - calling for action to cut emissions, and calling for practical support for vulnerable countries to adapt.

Austin said “We also think that Bangladesh has shown remarkable resilience in the face of existing disaster risks - such as floods and cyclones - and can therefore teach the rest of the world a great deal.

“ He said this conference is just part of a long-term commitment to partnership that the UK has with Bangladesh - and we look forward to hosting another major international event with Bangladesh in the UK in May.

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Dulal Biswas  - information |2008-08-03 14:54:41
I would like to have more information on the aforesaid event and it's updates.

Dulal Biswas
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