Speakers at a programme on Thursday urged the government to take an inclusive approach to safeguard the country's interests in the upcoming UN climate change conference (Conference of the Parties, CoP26).
As one of the most vulnerable countries, they said, Bangladesh should take a firm stance in support of a legally binding commitment under the Paris Agreement in order to secure additional funding for improved adaptation activities and reduce recurrent losses and damages.
The government should play a vital role in safeguarding the country's interests, particularly in protecting the vulnerable people and mitigating losses and damages caused by climate change, they said.
The speakers made the call at a virtual conference titled 'CoP-26: Government Position and CSO Perspectives' organised by COAST Foundation in the city.
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on environment, forests and climate change ministry, addressed the event as the chief guest while Asheq Ullah Rafiq, MP as the special guest. It was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD.
Saber Hossain Chowdhury said Bangladesh will undoubtedly play an effective role in CoP26 to divert the negotiation flow in favour of the country.
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