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Bangladesh, Denmark launch joint action plan on sustainable, green framework

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Bangladesh and Denmark on Tuesday launched a joint action plan on sustainable and green framework engagement in order to attain a more sustainable and green future globally.

According to this agreement, the two countries will aim at attaining a sustainable and greener future with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental damage and loss of biodiversity in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin and Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy Dan Jørgensen jointly launched the action plan at the Secretariat.

The environment minister said the joint action plan was signed on 9 June 2023 in Copenhagen at the High-level meeting between Bangladesh and Denmark.

It will facilitate Denmark’s further supporting the transition of Bangladesh to a low carbon pathway, resource-efficient and transformation to a circular economy.

Shahab Uddin said, areas of collaboration will also include sustainable energy and energy efficiency, green transition in value chains related to, inter alia, food and agriculture, sustainable infrastructure including maritime infrastructure, ensuring greener industrial transformation, integrating water, environmental and cleaner technologies, supporting sustainable and just development.

The action plan will be reviewed whenever deemed necessary, he added.

The environment minister also said, “We would like to work together with Denmark towards unlocking the promised 100 billion USD by the developed countries, with a 50:50 balance between adaptation and mitigation finance and early operationalization of the Loss and Damage fund.”

He said Denmark may support Bangladesh by granting financial and technical assistance in implementing the National Adaptation Plan, Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

“We also look forward to pragmatic discussions and steps at the Global Stocktake to take place at COP-28 this year. We call upon the developed economies to speed up to their commitments on climate financing under the Paris Agreement,” the minister added.

Chairman, Standing Committee on MoEFCC Bangladesh Parliament and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister for Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie were also present on the occasion.

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