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John Kerry invites Bangladesh to join US climate conference to voice concerns
Feb 21. 2021
By The Daily Star / ANN
Special US Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has invited Bangladesh to attend the US Climate Summit while acknowledging the threat of climate change and highlighting the risks faced by Bangladesh.
The summit will be held on April 22 in Washington DC.
Stakeholder nations, such as Bangladesh, need to join developed nations’ climate conferences and bring up their concerns, Kerry said while responding to a question from Shafqat Munir, a research fellow at Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) and head of Bangladesh Centre for Terrorism Research (BCTR), at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) held virtually yesterday.
Munir talked about the threat of rising sea-level at the coast of Bangladesh and how this would cause displacement of nearly 30 million people, leading to broader security impacts.
Kerry said they would not be able to host everyone but his invitation to Bangladesh, among others, clearly shows the US’ commitment to and emphasis on working with the nation for climate security.
Munir is the first Munich Young Leader from Bangladesh.
US President Joe Biden participated in the Munich Security Conference making him the first US president to speak at the forum since its inception.