Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the Bangladesh regional office of the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) for South Asia virtually at 3:30pm on September 8.
The GCA regional center is housed at the new building of the Department of Environment at Agargaon in Dhaka. The opening of the regional adaptation center will be dedicated to the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Ban Ki-moon, chair of the Board of the GCA and 8th secretary general of the United Nations and Mark Rutte, prime minister of Netherlands will be present at the occasion, says a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday.
Ministers from South Asian countries along with Patrick Verkooijen, chief-executive-officer of GCA will speak at the launching event.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change will host a press conference at its Dhaka office after the virtual launching ceremony. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen MP and Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Md Shahab Uddin MP will brief the journalists at the press conference.
Following the press conference, experts, academics and representatives from South Asian and global organisations working on climate change will participate in the inaugural GCA South Asia Partnership Forum. Partnership Forum will discuss the Strategy and Action plan for the GCA Bangladesh office.
The thematic Ambassador of Climate Vulnerable Forum Saima Wazed Hossain will also inaugurate the Youth Adaptation Network.
The GCA will serve as a Secretariat of Delta Coalition to contribute to important works related to the blue economy. The GCA regional center will also support Bangladesh in preparing and contributing to the Climate Adaptation Summit on January 22, 2021 and COP26 in November 2021.
GCA Bangladesh will facilitate and develop on-the-ground action in South Asia to accelerate adaptation and address climate change vulnerabilities across the entire region. It will also mobilise international expertise to support Bangladesh's challenge in responding to and continuing to prosper amidst our changing climate.