The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau:
“Germany and Bangladesh can join hands and learn from each other to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change”, said Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, at a virtual meeting with a German Parliamentary delegation on Tuesday (15 June).
A four-member German delegation led by Margarete Bause, a member of Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) and spokeswoman for human rights and humanitarian aid, had a series of interactions with policymakers, parliamentarians, academia, and international organizations in Bangladesh yesterday. The other Parliament Members included Peter Heidt, Michel Brandt, and Dr. Christopher Gohl, representing various political parties.
The German Parliamentary delegation commended Bangladesh’s emergency response system and disaster risk reduction initiatives. They also recognized Bangladesh’s growing resilience in the face of climate-induced disasters and related fall-outs and termed it as an example for other countries to draw lessons from.
State Minister Alam highlighted Bangladesh’s efforts to lead by example in climate adaptation, including through setting up the Climate Change Trust Fund. He urged the international community to help mobilize resources for the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and Mujib Climate Property Plan. The two sides agreed to continue working on climate and security, and foster partnership among climate-resilient cities.
The meeting was moderated by the German Ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Fahrenholtz.