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2024-04-02 08:12:29 BdST

Saber urges MPs to raise commitments to climate actions

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Minister Hossain Chowdhury on Monday urged members of parliament (MPs) to raise their expectations and commitments to implementing climate actions.

He said climate change is not just an environmental issue but an existential crisis that demands urgent and unified action.

"The outcome of our response to climate change will determine the fate of our planet and future generations. There is no greater threat facing humanity today than climate change, and Bangladesh stands at the forefront as ground zero for its impacts," he added.

The environment minister said this while speaking at a function on the occasion of announcement of the newly-formed committee of Climate Parliament, Bangladesh, held at a hotel in Dhaka.

He said Bangladesh aspires to be champion in finding solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

"Adopting a whole-of-society approach, we must bring together people from all sectors to confront these challenges head-on. Let us work together tirelessly to address the urgent needs of our planet," he added.

Saber Hossain said the world wants to learn from Bangladesh's successes in climate action and it wants to understand how community-based adaptation strategies have proven to be effective in Bangladesh.

"Let us seize this opportunity to showcase our innovative approaches and inspire others to take action. Together, let us embark on this journey towards a sustainable and resilient future for all," he said.

The minister underscored the critical role of platforms such as the Climate Parliament in fostering international cooperation and driving sustainable solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

He expressed his unwavering commitment to leveraging the collective expertise and resources of the newly formed committee to advance climate resilience efforts worldwide.

Saber Hossain said the announcement of the new committee of the Climate Parliament, Bangladesh, signifies a significant step forward in the global fight against climate change.

As nations around the world grapple with the escalating climate crisis, collaborative platforms such as these play a pivotal role in catalysing meaningful action and driving positive change, he said.

Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was present as the chief guest at the event.

Chairperson of Climate Parliament, Bangladesh, Tanvir Shakil Joy, MP, and Convener of Climate Parliament Nahim Razzaq were present, among others.

Lawmakers, environment experts, policymakers, and environmental advocates were also present to mark this significant milestone in the global fight against climate change.

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