Bangladesh & UK to tackle climate change together


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Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani

London: Bangladesh and the UK to collaborate in future to tackle a global problem both at scientific, research and politically at global level said Dr Saleemul Huq who was speaking at the Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, London on 1 July. He further focused on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries.

The event focusing on Bangladesh, titled ‘Climate change challenges: Lessons from Bangladesh’ 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 from Bangladesh 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), the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the Bangladesh High Commission during London Climate Action Week to share 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, climate change advocate Saber Hossain Choudhury MP, Dr Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) & Professor Sir David King, UK Foreign Office’s Special Representative for Climate Change 2013-2017.

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 till 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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