UN climate summit or the Conference of Parties (COP 21) starts today (Monday) in Paris with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hosting a high-level meeting aimed at boosting efforts to build resilience to the Impact of Climate Change.
The high level delegates include Ban Ki-moon, Ollanta Humala Tasso, President, Republic of Peru, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President, Arab Republic of Egypt, José Eduardo dos Santos, President, Republic of Angola, Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany, Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister, Barbados,
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister, Independent State of Samoa, Mike McGavick, CEO XL Capital and Chairman of the Geneva Association and Gaziano da Silva, Director General, World Food Programme.
The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris will begin with an unprecedented Leaders Event and high hope immediately after the official opening of the COP 21, where an estimated 150 Presidents, Prime Ministers and Head of States will deliver speeches.
The conference which will run through December 11, will be very significant for Bangladesh since it is one of the worst victims of Climate Change.
Many Bangladeshi experts and environmentalist expect that the upcoming Paris COP21 summit will serve as the voice of communities for whom climate change is an every day ordeal.
They also believe that the adaptation issue as a future step will be a safeguard in terms of facing climate change.
Runa Khan in her recent interview with Daily Observer said that all parties at the conference should be prepared to sacrifice their interests with the objective of arriving at a fruitful result for all. She is convinced that as citizens of this planet, we all have our own responsibilities to save it.
Like her a few green activists noted that Bangladesh, like many other nations, wants the world leaders to agree to a legally binding agreement on mitigation and bear the cost of adaptation in the Least Developed Countries.
We also need to take into consideration the reality and responsibilities on the ground. Any agreement that is made needs to be beneficial for everyone, solidarity is the key.
Many experts have given importance to migration issues as the victims of climate change have been forced to migrate from their ancestral place to urban areas.
The high-level meeting with world leaders will demonstrate the importance of enhancing resilience and building adaptive capacity to the impact of climate change from leaders of a diverse group of countries and organizations, as well as highlight significant initiatives and their commitment to take action between now and 2020.
The event will showcase a set of initiatives by governments from developed and developing countries that will address one or several dimensions relevant to building resilience and adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change. The UN Secretary-General's Initiative on Resilience: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) will be announced at the event.
Head of States, governments and others are expected to make major climate action announcements on November 30 at a series of press conferences and at a number of high-level side events.
All of the speeches and press conferences which take place at the Le Bourget venue can be viewed live and on demand via webcast. Summaries of climate action announcements, with links to the official announcements posted online by governments and key stakeholders, will be made available in the UNFCCC Newsroom.
A tentative overview of press conferences, including those of Heads of State and Government, is available on the UNFCCC press page.