Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the development partners to provide more incentives to facilitate a sustainable LDC graduation.
While addressing the General Debate of the 76th UNGA on Friday, the Bangladesh premier also called for ensuring universal and affordable access to vaccines for people across the world and urged migrant receiving countries to treat expatriate workers fairly and protect their job, health, and well-being during these trying times.
She also sought enhanced focus and active support from the international community to find a durable solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.
Stressing the need for universal access to Covid vaccines, the prime minister told the UNGA: “In the last UNGA, I urged this august assembly to treat Covid-19 vaccines as a ‘global public good.’ This was echoed by many other leaders. Yet these calls remain largely unheeded. Instead, we have seen growing ‘vaccine divides’ between the rich and the poor nations.”
According to the World Bank, 84% of vaccine doses have so far gone to people in high and upper-middle-income countries, while the low-income countries received less than 1%, she pointed out, adding, “This vaccine inequality must be urgently addressed. We cannot chart out a sustainable recovery and be safe by leaving millions behind.
The premier called upon the rich and industrialised countries to cut emissions, compensate for the loss and damage, and ensure adequate financing and technology transfer for adaptation and resilience building to fight the adverse impact of climate change.
“The pandemic has disproportionately impacted the climate-vulnerable countries. The IPCC Working Group-I Report provided a grim scenario of our planet.
“Unless there are immediate measures, the devastating impacts of climate change will be irreversible. No country, rich or poor, is immune of the destructive effects.”
Highlighting Bangladesh’s effort to mitigate climate change impact, she said, “As the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Ministers of Finance, we have launched the “Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan – Decade 2030” outlining a transformative agenda from climate vulnerability to climate prosperity.