11th October 2021

Dhaka, Oct 11, 2021 (BSS) - Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin today said Bangladesh calls upon the countries having greater responsibilities and significant capabilities, particularly G20 nations, to lead the global efforts to achieve climate goals.


"The world leaders should also put emphasis on the progress of putting forward long term low emission development strategy," he told the LDC Ministerial Meeting at Thimphu of Bhutan, joining virtually from his official residence in Dhaka.


Ministers and delegates of different LDC countries and representatives of international organizations delivered speeches in the occasion, a ministry press release said.


Shahab Uddin said the countries also must keep enhancing their 2030 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and put them forward in line with progression and raising ambition to put the world on track towards achieving 1.5 degree C global goal through attaining 45 percent global emission reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.


He said Bangladesh has enhanced both unconditional and conditional contributions amounting to 89.47 million tonnes CO2 equivalent, which is 21.85 percent emission reductions from Business as Usual by 2030 in its updated NDCs submitted in August 26th this year.


The minister said Bangladesh is in the process of finalizing its NAPs, while it supports to set up a formal process by COP26 in order to come up with concrete recommendations on global adaptation goal for consideration by COP27.


Under long-term finance, tracking the progress on delivering US$100 billion from 2020 and providing clarity on how the US$100 billion each year through to 2024 will be delivered is an important agenda at COP26, he said.


"Guidance needs to be given to the GCF and GEF, resolving the critical challenges that vulnerable countries particularly LDCs face with regards to accessing the GCF and GEF need to be duly reflected," he added.


Shahab Uddin said completing the discussions under Article 6 and adopt necessary rules are very critical for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.


"We strongly feel that all provisions of Article 6 must be realized in the context of Article 6.1, which states that the purpose of such mechanisms is to allow for higher ambition and promote environmental integrity," he said.


The minister said Bangladesh underscores the need for enhancing the capacity of LDCs for the effective participation of Article 6 mechanisms and it feels that the world leaders must determine a common time frame for NDCs, which is consistent and compatible to five-year unique cycle of NDC communication and global stock-take under the Paris Agreement.

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