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US Special Envoy Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh – The Diplomat


John Kerry, the United States’ special envoy for climate, said on April 9 that President Joe Biden is eager to work with Bangladesh on dealing with the impact of climate change after the United States returns to consensus. Paris designation.

Kerry went to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to hear what this low-lying South Asian delta country has done to deal with extreme weather and rising sea levels ahead of the virtual summit on climate change that Biden will be held this month.

He told reporters after a visit to other vulnerable countries, including the United Arab Emirates and India: “No country can solve the problems of the climate crisis. Biden brought the United States back to the Paris accord on climate change after former President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the accord in 2017.

“We have the ability to work together to bring technology, research, development and finance together to do what we know we have to do,” says Kerry.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, who appeared with Kerry, took the opportunity to ask for US help in repatriating about 1.1 million Myanmar Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in the border district. Cox’s Bazar, says they are destroying vast forests.

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“We hope that the proactive initiative of (the United States) can help them return safely and properly, back to their home countries to earn a decent living,” he said.

The refugees were victims of widespread persecution in Myanmar, where the military toppled a civilian government during the February 1 coup, and most said the return was unsafe.

Kerry also called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who discussed Bangladesh’s interest in generating more hydroelectric power, said press secretary Ihsanul Karim.

Ms. Karim said Hasina added that farmers in the country need solar energy for irrigation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Momen has previously said that Bangladesh is not adapting enough to climate change and needs support from others. Bangladesh’s United News news agency quoted him as saying: “That should be Kerry’s special goal.

He argued that the countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions should share a responsibility to protect those vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

In the UAE, the government says the effects of warmer weather, less rainfall, droughts, rough seas and more storms are affecting infrastructure, human health and natural habitats. Kerry heard about similar challenges during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday, the State Department said.

Bangladesh, a country with 160 million people, is also in the same predicament.

Some experts warn that rising sea levels could swallow much of its vast coastal area, and tornadoes and rising tides destroy the agriculture and livelihoods of millions. The world’s largest mangrove forest the Sundarbans sits between the border of Bangladesh and India, is particularly vulnerable and its famous Bengal tiger is in danger.

The State Department said Kerry and Modi focus on mobilizing funds to support clean energy expansion, collaborate in emerging technologies such as energy storage, clean industrial processes, urbanization and sustainable agriculture.

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Biden invited 40 world leaders to attend the April 22-23 summit, including Prime Minister Hasina.

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