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UK pledges to provide support in climate mitigation, waste management

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The UK has pledged to assist Bangladesh in the areas of climate mitigation and overall waste management, including single use waste and medical waste.  

The UK will also extend its support in environmental conservation, renewable energy use, biodiversity conservation and technical and research, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson has said.

Referring to Bangladesh as a very close ally of Britain, Dickson mentioned that the ongoing cooperation between Britain and Bangladesh would continue at an increasing pace.

The British High Commissioner said this during a meeting with Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin in the meeting room of the ministry on Wednesday, according to a press release of the ministry.

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md. Mostafa Kamal, Additional Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Additional Secretary (Development) Ahmed Shamim Al Razi, Additional Secretary (Climate Change) Md. Mizanul Hoque Chowdhury, Joint Secretary (Climate Change) Sanjay Kumar Bhowmick and John Warburton, Head of Climate and Environment Program at the British High Commission were present in the meeting among others.

Minister Md. Shahab Uddin told the British High Commissioner that Bangladesh is playing a significant role in the international arena on climate change as the president of the Climate Vulnerability Forum and Vulnerable-20.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan for the overall prosperity of Bangladesh. 

The environment minister said Bangladesh would finalise the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and submit it to the UNFCCC before August 31.  The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) is also being finalised in consultation with the concerned stakeholders.

He wished success to the UN Climate Change Conference going to be held in Glasgow, UK, in November.

The Minister also sought cooperation of Britain in all the areas related to climate change.

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