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Bangladesh-US to work for effective climate action: Momen

GreenWatch Desk Climate 2022-02-20, 4:15pm


Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh and the United States (US) have the opportunity to work together to realize a number of long-term, ambitious initiatives to showcase effective climate action.  

He made the remark following a bilateral meeting with the US President’s Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, a foreign ministry press release said here today.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral cooperation issues as well as also talked about the recent sanctions imposed by the US on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and some of its former and current officials.

They discussed the possibility of growth in renewable energy in Bangladesh in line with the country’s requirement to generate an additional 4,000 MW of energy from renewable sources.

Dr. Momen urged the G7 to support Bangladesh and other climate vulnerable countries with cost-effective technologies for transition to green energy.

Kerry described the potential of nuclear modular plants that are currently being tested in the US.

The foreign minister also sought the US’ support in developing skill sets for creating job opportunities in the renewable energy sector and solar energy-driven equipment operations.

Kerry took interest in the project envisaged for heightening and widening embankments with afforestation and renewable energy generation capacity along Bangladesh’s coastal belt.

He assured of facilitating the US’ support in conducting the initial feasibility study for the purpose.

Dr. Momen appreciated Kerry’s emphasis on taking a science-based approach to climate action with a matter of urgency.

The US Presidential envoy invited Bangladesh to join the Global Methane Pledge for reducing emissions from solid waste, among other sectors, reports BSS.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Md. Mosharraf Hossain Bhuyian was present at the meeting.