Momen for strengthening global assistance to cope with climate change


DHAKA, Feb 10, 2021 (BSS) – Noting that the climate change, labour, human
rights and the public health sector are interconnected, Foreign Minister Dr
AK Abdul Momen emphasized on strengthening the global assistance to address
the adverse impacts of climate change.

“It is possible to build a secured and sustainable world through the proper
implementation of the Paris Agreement and strengthening international
cooperation with climate finance, carbon emissions mitigation and
adaptation,” he said.

The minister came up with the observation while addressing a virtual
programme titled “Priorities for Labour, Human Rights and Health Sectors in
the Context of Climate Change” organised by the permanent mission of
Bangladesh in Geneva, said a handout here today.

Highlighting the government initiatives under the leadership of Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change,
Momen urged the developed countries to come forward to provide necessary
financial, technological and technical assistances to the most vulnerable and
affected countries of the climate change and the global warming.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus, member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on mental health and
Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Thematic Ambassador for Vulnerability Saima
Wazed Hossain, former President and incumbent Speaker of Maldives, also CVF
Thematic Ambassador on Ambition Mohamed Nasheed, United Nations Deputy High
Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif, International Labour
Organization (ILO) Deputy Director General Martha E Newton and
representatives from different countries, including Ethiopia, Italy, the UK,
the Netherlands and Marshall Islands, addressed the programme organized under
the CVF.

Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN office in Geneva Md Mustafizur
Rahman conducted the programme.

Speaking at the programme, Dr Tedros underscored the need for preventing
the environmental disasters to ensure fresh air and safe drinking water, food
security, safe housing and health protection.

Highlighting the adverse effects of COVID-19 and climate change on the
mental health of the vulnerable groups of people, CVF Thematic Ambassador
Saima Wazed said the impact of climate change particularly will mostly affect
the women, children and the people with disabilities in the three sectors –
employment, human rights and public health.

She urged the WHO and all respective international organisations to play a
more effective role in reducing all types of health risks, including mental
health, caused by the climate change.