UN roundtable on climate: PM places 5-point recommendation to protect planet
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 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday placed a five-point recommendation to protect the planet and save people from the adversities of the climate changes, reports UNB.  “To protect the planet and ourselves I’d suggest political leadership must encourage robust international collaboration; the global temperature increase must be limited to 1.5 degree Celsius and all Paris provisions must be implemented; promised funds have to be made available to the vulnerable countries,” she told a roundtable on Climate Action at the UN headquarters in New York.  The Prime Minister was virtually addressing the high-level roundtable event held on the sidelines of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).  Placing two other suggestions, in her pre-recorded video statement, she said, “Polluting countries must increase their NDCs [Nationally Determined Contributions] through necessary mitigation measures, and recognise that rehabilitation of the climate refugees is a global responsibility.”
 The PM said Bangladesh has some ideas and experiences to share on adaptation and resilience. “We’ve prepared Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 to deal with the challenges of climate change and water management,” she said.
 Noting that Bangladesh is the current Chair of CVF (Climate Vulnerable Forum), she said the Global Center of Adaptation’s regional office has recently been established in Dhaka.
 The Prime Minister extended thanks to UN Secretary-General António Guterres for his concern regarding the impacts of climate change.
 This roundtable event, convened by the UN secretary-general, showcased high-impact solutions by governments and real economy leaders, in line with the secretary-general’s six climate-positive actions to recover better together.
 The event showed the vast social and economic benefits of a sustainable recovery and of action to limit global warming to 1.5°C by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
 UN Secretary-General António Guterres made the introductory remarks at the 90-minute event featuring a roundtable with around 20 global climate leaders from governments, private sector and civil society.
International journalist and television presenter Femi Oke moderated the roundtable.