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Foreign Minister attends Climate Vulnerable Forum

Foreign Minister Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, M.P. emphasized on the need for improving the visibility of the Climate Vulnerable Forum vis a vis different institutions in order to take ahead the common interest of the forum members. He said yesterday at a Breakfast debate on Human Rights and Climate Change in Geneva chaired by the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica and co-organized by Costa Rica and Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. He highlighted the need for working together adopting a holistic approach and creating greater synergies in different global negotiating forums on climate change.

The Foreign Minister met Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder, at the ILO Headquarters yesterday and discussed different dimensions of ILO’s engagement in Bangladesh and also the issues related to growth and development of manufacturing sectors in Bangladesh. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister highlighted on different legal and institutional reforms undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh in the recent past to ensure a sustained manufacturing sector encompassing workers’ rights, safety and wellbeing. ILO Director-General appreciated Bangladesh’s continuing implementation of the Sustainability Compact commitments in spite of constraints and challenges.

Later on, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Climate Change Ms Mary Robinson called on the Foreign Minister. She conveyed her appreciation to the Minister for the leadership role Bangladesh is playing in the area of climate change. While briefing her on various adaptation activities undertaken by the Government, Foreign Minister stressed the need for adequate international assistance to match national efforts. Mary Robinson sympathized with the Minister and hoped the forthcoming Paris meet will deliver on this.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister also visited CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), the premier research centre yesterday. The Director General Dr. Rolf Heuer welcomed the Minister to CERN and made a presentation on the activities of the centre. The Foreign Minister was shown around the centre which sits on the border between Switzerland and France. It may be mentioned that Bangladesh signed an instrument of cooperation last year with CERN. The Director General assured the Minister of the support of CERN hoping that teachers, students and researchers of Bangladesh would be able to benefit from this cooperation.

The Foreign Minister was accompanied by Mr. M. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN in Geneva, and Mr. Md. Mustafizur Rahman, Director General (UN), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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