Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen highlighted the significance of collaboration among the South Asian countries for effective implementation of adaptation activities in the region at a virtual meeting of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) on Thursday.
The meeting was organised to set strategic policies and finalise the work programme of the GCA's regional office for South Asia, based in Dhaka.
Speaking at the event, Dr Momen appreciated support of South Asian countries for the establishment of the GCA's regional office in Dhaka, said a press release.
He underscored the GCA's contribution to driving international ambition on adaptation and strengthening the partnerships that are critical to the commitments made in the Paris Agreement.
The foreign minister further expressed Bangladesh's strong determination to support both the GCA and Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) through its hard-earned experience on adaptation.
He said South Asia is one of the regions of the world that is most adversely affected due to climate change.Without large scale and comprehensive adaptive measures, all the countries of the region would incur huge per capita GDP losses.
He hoped that through collaboration among themselves, the South Asian countries could learn and work together, survive and even thrive under challenging circumstances.
Dr Momen also urged all concerned to keep up the momentum of the creation of the "Global Hub on Locally Led Action."
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Shahab Uddin also joined the event and emphasised GCA's priorities for South Asia.
Different development partners like the World Bank, UNDP, UKFCDO and JICAparticipated in the discussion and made recommendations for a comprehensive work programme for GCA Dhaka office.