President Abdul Hamid Friday emphasised on the need of addressing the impacts of climate change globally.
"Climate change is a global phenomenon. A single country or a region would not be able to address this burning issue. Therefore, it needs concerted and united efforts from global community to mitigate and combat the impacts of climate change," he said.
The President said it while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the South Asia judicial conference on environment and climate change at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka.
The programme was jointly organised by Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Asian Development Bank, reports BSS.
In line with Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement the world leaders have made their commitment to protect environment and earth from the adverse impact of climate change, the President said.
"Time has come to materialize the decisions and turn commitments into actions", he added.
He said that the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has always gave justice to cases involving conservation and protection of environment through innovative and creative interpretation of constitutional provisions.
"Bangladesh judiciary is highly sensitised about the importance and necessity of conservation of environment and accordingly playing an important and pro-active role in combating activities detrimental to ecological balance and conservation of environment," Hamid said.
The exclusive environmental courts and the utilisation of constitutional remedy through the initiation of environmental litigation in the apex court are playing very important role in protecting environment of the country, he said.
The President highlighted initiatives by the government for addressing climate change risks.
"Bangladesh is one of the first countries that signed and ratified the Paris Agreement and also the first country to set up Climate Change Fund of US$ 400 million from its own resources."
He hoped that the suggestions and recommendations, which will be emanated from the conference, will help in taking pragmatic steps to protect and preserve the environment.
Law minister Anisul Huq, Appellate division judge of Supreme Court Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, Deputy Minister for Environment and Forest Abdullah Al Islam Jakob and General Counsel of ADB Christopher Stephens, addressed the session held with Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha in the chair. - IH