Gear up climate change adaptation, says WB CEO
Published : Thursday, 11 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 701
World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday said they have no time to lose but act to accelerate adaptation for protecting the loss of lives and livelihoods with a more resilient world in place.
She came up with the remark while addressing
the inaugural session of the 'Dhaka Meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation' at Hotel Intercontinental in the city.
She said the country has proven the most important message that development is the best resilience builder.
"Thank you (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) for leading the world on adaptation," said Georgieva mentioning that she was dreaming of this moment to come to Bangladesh since she was in high school and the country got its independence.
Georgieva said she has admired the remarkable success since 1972 noting that per capita income has gone up from US$100 to $1,500, and Bangladesh is well on track by 2030 to bring poverty down under 3 per cent.
"It's a country with high population density. It has managed to bring down population growth by mostly empowering women bringing girls to school and creating jobs," she said adding that development is the best resilience builder.
Georgieva said she is very impressed by what Bangladesh has demonstrated to the rest of the world, despite its own problems, it can show compassion to those who are fleeing for their lives (Rohingyas).
"I very humbly want to say thank you (Sheikh Hasina). You're an example for the world to follow," she said giving a look at Prime Minister Hasina.
Justifying the convening of the meeting in Dhaka, Georgieva said it is the epicentre of what climate risks mean and also how action can make people protected against climate risks.
Regarding the early warning system to bring people to safety, she said, "We've seen incredible ingenuity in dealing with climate change."
Georgieva said she used to tell a story everywhere is how the communities of Bangladesh came up with very smart adaptation measures from switching chickens to ducks because when floods come chickens die, ducks swim. "We at the Bank are very proud to be your partner."