Environment minister delivered National Statement at UNEA6

Nairobi, Kenya, 1 March, 2024:

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury urged nations worldwide to join in urgent and decisive action, aiming to achieve net zero emissions before 2050 and cap temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius. He underscored the urgent need for global solidarity in addressing the unprecedented environmental challenges facing humanity.

Environment Minister said this Thursday evening in his national statement at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 6) in Nairobi, Kenya. Leila Benali, President of UNEA6 along with Ministers, distinguished delegates and global leaders were present in the occasion.

Environment Minister said despite contributing minimally to climate change, Bangladesh remains disproportionately impacted, facing challenges such as glacial melt, flooding, and sea-level rise. Minister Chowdhury stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of climate change and highlighted the need for greater multilateral commitment to achieving sustainable development goals.

Reflecting on Bangladesh’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Environment Minister highlighted the Parliament’s unanimous motion declaring a Planetary Emergency in 2019. Minister said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has initiated the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, aimed at enhancing climate resilience and promoting sustainable development. Minister Chowdhury emphasized the incorporation of environmental protection principles into Bangladesh’s Constitution, demonstrating the country’s dedication to combating climate change.

Saber Chowdhury also addressed the issue of plastic pollution, acknowledging its threat to the environment and public health. He called for concerted efforts at both national and international levels to combat plastic waste and transition to sustainable consumption and production patterns. Minister reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to global environmental governance. He expressed hope that UNEA 6 would propel the international community towards a greener, more resilient future.

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