Saima Wazed Hossain, chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism, has been selected as a thematic ambassador of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).
Saima Wazed Hossain is an expert on neurodevelopment disorders and mental health, and an accomplished speaker and author, said a press release.
She is widely credited for bringing the mental health issues to the mainstream and breaking social barriers to acceptance of persons with disabilities and was instrumental for the adoption of UN resolution titled 'Addressing the Socioeconomic Needs of Individuals, Families and Societies Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disorders and Associated Disabilities' in 2012.
Mohamed Nasheed, speaker and former president of Maldives, Loren Legarda, deputy speaker of the Parliament of Philippines and Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, lead climate change specialist of DR of Congoas, have been also selected as thematic ambassadors of CVF.
They will work in four thematic domains respectively, vulnerability, ambition, parliament and renewable energy.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited them to take the roles.
As CVF thematic ambassadors they will endeavor to create global public campaign and mobilise different stakeholders, groups and voices to raise global awareness on climate vulnerabilities, especially to pursue countries to keep the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5 degree centigrade alive.
The Thematic Ambassadors will also help pursue the agenda and key priorities of the CVF presidency and contribute to safeguarding the interests of the climate vulnerable countries by outreaching existing and new networks beyond the executive branch of the government.
They will advocate on behalf of CVF countries and coordinate international cooperation to fight against the adverse impacts of climate change.
After assuming the presidency of Climate Vulnerable forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of finance ministers, Bangladesh has decided to engage six thematic Ambassadors to help strengthen its networking and engagements with key actors throughout the world in six identified core areas of ambition, culture, finance, parliaments, renewable energy and vulnerability.
Saima Wazed, Mohamed Nasheed, Loren Legarda and Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu are highly regarded in their respective domain.
Their selection reflects their outstanding and prolonged expertise and dedication in their fields of work. Two more thematic ambassadors for culture and finance will also be appointed from Marshall Islands and Costa Rica.