Terming Bangladesh the “best teacher” to learn from about adaptation, former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon recently said the achievement of the people and the government of Bangladesh in the practice of adaptation was nothing short of miraculous.
“Let’s all be inspired by the examples the Bangladesh government and its people have shown in addressing climate change,” he said thanking the Bangladesh leadership for adapting to climate change wisely and effectively.
The former UN chief was addressing the inaugural session of the Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) at Hotel InterContinental Dhaka.
Highly appreciating Bangladesh’s efforts, Ban Ki-moon said they are in Dhaka to learn from Bangladesh’s experiences and vision and send the message out across the world. “Bangladesh is thus the best teacher to learn from about adaptation.”
Bangladesh is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change.
Citing reports, Ban Ki-moon said some 17 percent area of Bangladesh would go under water by 2050 if sea levels rise by just one meter.
He said they would like to establish an adaptation centre in Dhaka to speed up the action on adaptation.
“Communities all over the world need help. There are many countries who are just as vulnerable as Bangladesh, but do not have the ability to build resilience on their own.”
He also cited Bangladesh’s long-term plan for the resilience of the delta, Delta Plan 2100, with the help of the Netherlands.