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Monday, October 19, 2015, Kartik 4, 1422 BS, Muharram 5, 1437 Hijr

BD recommendations for climate victims accepted in Geneva
Published :Monday, 19 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16

A number of Bangladesh's recommendations were unanimously accepted in Geneva for the protection of cross-border displaced persons in the context of disasters and climate change, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Sunday.
"You'll be happy to know a good number recommendations came from Khulna meeting were unanimously adopted in the final cooperation structure adopted in Geneva last week," he said. The Foreign Minister said this at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and DGs of the ministry were present at the briefing arranged to brief the media about the Nansen Initiative Inter-governmental Global Consultation on the Protection Agenda. Mahmood Ali also said they unveiled a book titled 'A Tale from Climate Ground Zero' describing the whole scenario of Bangladesh.
He said they discussed how the developed nations promises can be materialized to protect the interest of vulnerable people.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said there was no specific provision how the vulnerable people can be brought into international system and how their rehabilitation and relocation can be made in a planned way. A provision has now been accepted which will be taken to Paris Climate conference, he added.
On October 12-13, the Foreign Minister attended an international conference on the issue in Geneva. Forced displacement related to disasters, including the adverse effects of climate change (disaster displacement), is a reality and among the biggest humanitarian challenges facing States and the international community in the 21st century. Every year, millions of people are displaced by disasters caused by natural hazards such as floods, tropical storms, earthquakes, landslides, droughts, salt water intrusion, glacial melting, glacial lake outburst floods, and melting permafrost.    ?UNB

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