Bangladesh Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali took part in a high level panel discussion yesterday in Geneva on ‘Human Rights and Climate Change’ focusing on realization of human rights for all.
Among others Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, Mary Robinson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General attended the Panel.
The Foreign Minister referred to “climate change” as the greatest environmental challenge undermining the effective and full enjoyment of human rights including right to food, right to life, right to adequate housing, safe water and access to health and education. He said developing countries, particularly LDCs and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) would face grave and disproportionate impact from climate change due to their limited capacities and increased vulnerabilities.
The Foreign Minister named some of the national mitigation and adaptation initiatives of the Government including establishment of solar home system, improved cook stoves and stress-tolerant crops varieties.
He emphasized on the need for greater international cooperation, as well as an international legal framework based on the principle of equity which reflects a just balance between rights and responsibilities of nations and communities.
The Minister also spoke to a large gathering of dignitaries, diplomats, civil society members and NGOs at a reception held in the evening day before and highlighted the predicament of climate vulnerable countries such as Bangladesh and how the adverse effects of climate change deprived the victims from full enjoyment of human rights.