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Mobilise global support to address climate refugee issue: PM to G20

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UNB, Dhaka :
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said G20 has a greater responsibility to come forward with stronger commitment to mobilise global support to address the issue of displacement or climate refugees.
"Peace and security of all will largely depend on how we'll be able to manage this forced displacement of innocent people," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while addressing the "Resilience and Recovery: Highlighting Solutions for the G20 on Climate and Sustainability" virtually from her official residence as keynote speaker organised by F20 Foundations.
She said no one knows it better than Bangladesh as it has 1.1 million forcibly evicted Rohingyas from Myanmar and they are causing extensive damages to the environment and nature.
"I'll urge G20 countries to mainstream the issue of losses and damages as in many parts of the world the environmental losses have become permanent and irreparable," she said.
Sheikh Hasina also said it is disturbing that the global financing mechanism like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) are severely under resourced.
She said climate and sustainability, the two issues, are mutually dependent. The G20 economies account for around 90 percent of the gross world product, almost 80 percent of world trade, two-thirds of the world population and approximately half of the world land area.
"So, anything to do with global climate and sustainability must go through G20 for any satisfactory outcome. G20 previously showed that jointly they can take many beneficial measures for the benefit of the global community."
Mentioning climate change as a global problem with cross-border adverse impacts, she said it is the responsibility of the international community to take drastic measures to stop the activities that cause climate change.
"The same goes for sustainability. The breakdown of sustainability anywhere will sooner or later result in total disruption of sustainability everywhere. Climate change is the ultimate existential threat and its consequences are expected to worsen in the near and distant future," she said.
However, the Prime Minister said, climate change has originated from the lack of sustainability triggered by human activities. As a result, humans are experiencing floods, rainfalls, cyclones, heat waves, landslides and droughts in recent years with greater fury and intensity.
She said further increase in sea level, even for half a metre, could threaten the very survival of many climate vulnerable countries. An ambitious collective response is a global emergency now and without the direct engagement of G20, nothing can be achieved "to safeguard our children and their future".
"For that reason, the strict implementation of the Paris Agreement is critical. We seek collaboration and support from the international community, especially from the advanced economies, to redefine their production and consumption."
She went on saying, "We must keep the increase of the global temperature within 1.5 degree centigrade and the G20 countries being the main emitters should reset their NDCs accordingly."
As a deltaic country, Hasina said Bangladesh is always prone to natural disasters. People here have been living since time immemorial showing their resilience against natural disasters.

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