October 19, 2021, 1:23 pm
Staff Reporter: Bangladesh and Sweden will work together on various issues related to the country’s renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, various development activities and climate change. Sunday (March 14) morning Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh expressed his firm commitment to work together on these issues in a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin in the meeting room of the ministry.
They also discussed cooperation with Bangladesh in other areas including ecosystem management, sustainable environment, conservation of biodiversity including terrestrial and aquatic animals, management of medical waste, control of various types of pollution, tackling the effects of climate change on Bangladesh. During the discussion, Deputy Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde, Additional Secretary (Administration) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Mahmud Hasan, Additional Secretary (Development) Ahmad Shamim Al Razi, Joint Secretary ( Climate Change) Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik, Director of the Department of Environment (Climate Change and International Convention) Mirza Shawkat Ali along with senior officials of the Ministry and the Swedish Embassy were present on the occasion.
Referring to the celebration of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, the Minister of Environment Md. Shahab Uddin greets Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Per Olsson Fridh. He said, ‘Sweden is one of the first countries to recognize Bangladesh. Friendly and cooperative relations have existed between the two countries since Sweden recognized Bangladesh after independence. He recalled with gratitude the various projects implemented in Bangladesh with the funding of the Swedish government. The minister said his ministry has planted 10 million saplings across the country on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, which will play an important role in protecting the environment.
The Environment Minister said the present government is working sincerely to address the negative effects of climate change and control environmental pollution. Mentioning that Bangladesh is leading in various international forums on climate change, the Environment Minister said that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Climate Vulnerability Forum. Moreover, the establishment of the Global Center of Adaptation’s Regional Office in Dhaka has enabled Bangladesh to play an effective role in climate change in South Asia and the international arena.
The meeting identified areas of cooperation between the two countries and emphasized on moving forward together in the future. The Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation congratulated all Bangladeshi citizens on the occasion of golden jubilee of
Bangladesh’s independence and the bilateral relations. Referring to Sweden’s strong position to save the planet, he said his country would work closely with a friendly country like Bangladesh. He lauded the Delta Plan-2100 and the Eighth-Fifth Annual Plan adopted by the Government of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the Swedish Minister invited the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to attend the UN Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm + 50.