Alok Sharmwelcomes UK-Bangladesh climate partnership and aims to make real progress in accessing

During the final session of the UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series, COP26 Designate President Alok Sharma explored how the UK and Bangladesh can work together to tackle climate change by highlighting three critical issues: getting funding flowing; improve the quality of such funding and increase the amounts for adaptation; and make finance more accessible. He highlighted practical ways to address these issues and noted that the UK itself has pledged £ 11.6bn in international climate finance (over the next 6 fiscal years) and is arguing that other donors make commitments as well.

Mr. Sharma said he hopes to visit Bangladesh in person as soon as possible in order to witness firsthand the inspiring work Bangladesh was already doing to address the most critical climate challenges of our time.

Bangladesh’s Honorable Foreign Minister, Dr AK Abdul Momen, participated in the virtual dialogue and reiterated the Bangladesh government’s commitment to building resilience to tackle climate change. It also sought UK cooperation to make funding more accessible to build resilience and amplify climate action. Apart from funding, the minister stressed the transfer of technology, skills and other relevant assistance to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series was chaired by Professor Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD), and …