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BCCT to be reformed to strengthen climate resilience efforts

UNB . Dhaka
21 Jun 2024 20:31:23 | Update: 21 Jun 2024 20:31:23
BCCT to be reformed to strengthen climate resilience efforts
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Environment Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury on Friday said Bangladesh Climate Change Trust (BCCT) will be reformed to bolster its role in achieving climate resilience.

Besides, steps are being taken to secure BCCT’s registration as a Direct Access Entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), he said.

Minister Chowdhury shared this information during a meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat with ministry officials, the Department of Environment, and climate experts.

The meeting focused on preparations for the 29th Conference of the Parties (COP29) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The minister emphasised the need for Bangladesh to prepare robustly for COP29 to advocate for adaptation finance and loss and damage finance.

He stressed the importance of developing a comprehensive country position paper to effectively represent Bangladesh in COP29.

Collaboration with the UN, GCF, and other international alliances, including organising joint side events, was also highlighted.

Tapan Kumar Biswas, acting managing director of BCCT, Mohammad Rezaul Karim, joint secretary (Climate Change), Dharitri Kumar Sarkar, deputy secretary, Dr Fazle Rabbi Sadek Ahmed, deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, Mirza Shaukat Ali, director (Climate Change and International Conventions), and Md Ziaul Haque, director (Air Quality Management) of the Department of Environment, among others, were present.

The Bangladesh delegation, which recently participated in the 60th Subsidiary Body meeting in Bonn, Germany, briefed the Minister on the outcomes.