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PM Sheikh Hasina Urges Global Action for Climate Resilience

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged for increasing adaptive capacity and strengthening resilience to build a safe and beautiful world for future generations while inaugurating the four-day UN Climate Adaptation Conference National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo 2024 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

“We aim to build a safe and beautiful world for future generations. Achieving this goal requires increasing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and undertaking coordinated risk reduction initiatives,” she said.

In order to achieve this goal, she put forward six steps.

First, major carbon-emitting countries must take effective action to reduce their emissions to limit global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees Celsius;

Second, commitments by developed countries to an annual climate fund of $100 billion must be met. This fund must be equally distributed between adaptation and mitigation.

Third, developed countries must ensure efficient energy solutions and the transfer of technologies to developing countries.

Fourth, during the transition to renewable energy, the development priorities of the countries involved should be taken into account based on their loss and damage;

Fifth, all countries must share the responsibility for the rehabilitation of people displaced by sea-level rise, salinity, river erosion, floods, and droughts.

Finally, major economies must work globally in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary Farhina Ahmed, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Gwyn Lewis, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Simon Steele and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury were among others also spoke at the programme.

The prime minister said that although Bangladesh’s contribution to global carbon emissions is less than 0.48 percent, it is one of the most affected and vulnerable countries to its negative impact.

“These adverse effects of climate change threaten our potential development and economic prosperity. Continued global warming is raising sea levels,” she said.

As a result, she mentioned, a large swath of southwestern Bangladesh, which comprises about 12–17 percent of the country’s total area, is at risk of submergence by the end of this century.

“We have made the call to the developed world to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that in 2015, Bangladesh formulated the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and submitted it to the UNFCCC in 2021 after updating.

In the document, she said, Bangladesh set an unconditional 6.73 percent and a conditional 15.12greenhouse gas emission reduction target.

She also mentioned that Bangladesh has reduced the use of fossil fuels and increased the use of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in 2023 it formulated the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan (MCPP), which aims to reach from vulnerability to resilience to prosperity while combating the adverse impacts of climate change.

Besides, she said in the adaptation and mitigation programs of the MCPP, emphasis has been laid on the spontaneous participation of local people and stakeholders and nature-based solutions.

“Bangladesh has already formulated the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for 2022–2050 and submitted it to the UNFCCC in October 2022. In this plan, 113 priority programs have been identified in 8 sectors across 11 climate risk areas,” she said.

She stated that for this purpose Bangladesh needs approximately 230 billion US dollars to implement the action plans adopted in the NAP over the next 27 years.

“I urge the rich countries and the international community to provide specific funds and additional financial resources.”

The prime minister said that developed countries are contributing more to global warming through massive carbon emissions.

“It is their moral responsibility to protect the people affected by climate change. During our tenure as the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), we repeatedly called for implementing the pledge of providing $100 billion per year by developed countries for adaptation and mitigation activities. I hope the developed countries will abide by their promises.”

She also urged the international community and wealthy nations to continue providing financial, scientific, and technical assistance to Bangladesh and other countries facing threats from the adverse impacts of climate change, even after graduation to developing countries.

According to the COP-26 decision, she said, developed countries should double their adaptation financing by 2025 compared to 2019. She urged rich countries to fulfil this commitment.

“It should be ensured that countries that have already formulated NAPs can easily and quickly access financial support from all available sources, including the UNFCCC, to implement their NAPs.”

PM Hasina said that Bangladesh is taking appropriate actions in adaptation and mitigation to reduce the potential damage caused by climate change.

“In this case, Bangladesh will take the necessary initiatives to access funding from the UNFCCC’s Loss and Damage Fund.”

She said that Bangladesh has always been working with the international community to combat the impacts of climate change.

Under the leadership of the prime minister’s office, she said, Bangladesh has already formed the “Bangladesh Climate Development Partnership (BCDP” with development partners where all parties have agreed on this.

She hoped that the BCDP will significantly contribute to implementing the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, National Adaptation Plan, National Determined Contribution, and Vision 2041 of Bangladesh.

“Let’s work together to protect this planet more intensively,” she said.

From the programme, the prime minister also launched the Bangladesh Climate Development Partnership (BCDP).

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Heavy Rain, Severe Cyclonic Storm “REMAL” to Impact Southern Bangladesh

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind, are expected in most parts of Bangladesh, according to the latest forecast from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). The forecast predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall in the southern regions of the country.

“Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind are likely to occur at most places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with heavy to very heavy falls at places over the southern part of the country,” stated the Met office in its 24-hour forecast starting from 9 am today.

The deep depression over the West-central Bay has intensified into Cyclonic Storm “REMAL” and further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm over the Northwest Bay and adjoining areas. As of 6 am today, it was moving northwards and is expected to cross the Sagar Island (West Bengal) – Khepupara coast near Mongla by this evening or midnight on May 26, 2024.

Due to the peripheral effects of the severe cyclone, coastal regions of Bangladesh have already begun experiencing rain with gusty winds.

The Met office also noted that a mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, but it may abate soon. Daytime temperatures are expected to drop by 1-3°C, while nighttime temperatures may decrease slightly across the country.

On Saturday, the highest temperature recorded was 41.7°C in Chuadanga, and the lowest was 23.6°C in Bandarban. The maximum rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours up to 6 am today was 42 millimeters at Hatiya.

In the capital, the sun will set today at 6:40 pm and rise tomorrow at 5:12 am.

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Gold Price Drops by Tk 1,283 per Bhori: Bajus

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The Bangladesh Jeweller’s Association (Bajus) announced today, 25 May, a decrease in the price of gold by Tk 1,283 per bhori, following a decline in the local bullion market. The new price for 22-carat gold is now set at Tk 1,17,176 per bhori.

Additionally, the price for 21-carat gold has been adjusted to Tk 1,11,846 per bhori, 18-carat gold to Tk 95,866 per bhori, and the traditional gold price to Tk 79,256 per bhori.

These new rates will be effective from Sunday, 26 May, as per a Bajus press release issued today.

However, buyers should note that a 5% VAT will be added to the Bajus fixed price for gold jewelry, along with a 6% making charge per bhori.

Throughout May, the apex body of gold traders has adjusted the gold price six times, increasing it six times and decreasing it twice.

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Met Warns of Heat Wave Across Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) reports that all divisions, including Dhaka, are currently experiencing a mild to moderate heat wave.

According to the Met office, a mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping across Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with the possibility of continuation.

Meanwhile, forecasts indicate the likelihood of light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind in most places over Khulna, Barishal, and Chattogram divisions, and in many places over Dhaka, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions. Moderately heavy to very heavy falls are expected at some places over the southern part of the country.

Elsewhere in the country, the weather is expected to remain mainly dry with a temporary partly cloudy sky.

The depression over the East-central Bay and adjoining West-central Bay has moved northeastwards and intensified into a deep depression over the same area.

Day temperatures are expected to remain relatively unchanged, while night temperatures may decrease by 1-2°C across the country.

Due to increased moisture incursion, the discomfort may persist.

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