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Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh, presented on ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Perspectives from Bangladesh’ at a Foreign Policy Round Table on 29 August 2017. The discussion was held in partnership with the High Commission of Bangladesh in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mr. Haque presented Bangladesh’s experience and approach on climate change. He emphasised that it is not regarded as a single, isolated factor but is “placed within a wide narrative ensuring peace, prosperity and stability” in order to ensure justice and the fundamental freedom of all people.

Mr. Haque explained that Bangladesh has introduced various adaptation measures into its National Implementation Plan to counter climate change, with a focus on agricultural fisheries and livestock, health, coastal infrastructure, disaster management, and biodiversity. He added that Dhaka hopes to seize the opportunities presented by climate change, by implementing more affordable, innovative, energy-efficient technologies – including, for example, with regard to rice production.

The roundtable was attended by the High Commissioner of Bangladesh and the Ambassadors of Brazil and Thailand; representatives from other diplomatic missions, the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office, the World Bank, and the UNDP; and representatives of nonprofits and think tanks.

Click here for the key takeaways of the roundtable.

 

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