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Closing of NAP Expo 2024: Environment Secretary urged developed nations to provide resources and technologies for NAP implementation.

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Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Farhina Ahmed urged developed nations to fulfill commitments by providing resources and technologies for plan implementation. She advocates for collective action to address climate challenges and protect vulnerable communities.She said National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo 2024 in Bangladesh showcased the country’s resilience and leadership in climate adaptation.

Environment Secretary said this in her speech as the chair in the Official CLOSURE OF THE MEETINGS of the National Adaptation Plan Expo 2024 held on Thursday in the BICC, Dhaka.

Environment Secretary underscores the need for practical solutions at the grassroots level, especially in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), where accessing finance for NAP implementation remains challenging. The NAP Expo provided a platform to assess progress, identify obstacles, and strategize a way forward, with Bangladesh offering to share its adaptation experiences. She propose organizing an event at COP29 to disseminate NAP Expo outcomes widely,

Dr Farhina said the event discussed transformational adaptation through national plans, emphasizing the need for a new approach to adaptation planning and securing finance from diverse sources. The expo served as a platform for sharing experiences, best practices, and fostering partnerships to enhance global adaptation efforts. Overall, the event underscored Bangladesh’s role as a leader in adaptation planning and provided insights into effective strategies for addressing the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Paul Desanker, Manager in the Adaptation Division of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change laud Bangladesh’s resilience amid climate change, citing initiatives like cyclone shelters and the Bangladesh Climate Development Partnership. Citing Challenges in implementing NAPs, such as financial constraints, are acknowledged, with a call for innovative financing and transboundary cooperation. Involvement of governmental, non-governmental stakeholders, and local communities is deemed vital for NAP success. Data, proactive measurement, and inclusivity are highlighted for effective adaptation strategies.

He said the focus is on implementation methods, emphasizing capacity building and technical assistance. COP 28’s goal for all developing nations to submit their NAPs by 2025 is mentioned. The NAP is portrayed as a process towards a resilient future. He urges collective action with urgency, thanking participants for their contributions and calling for inspiration to take action.

Adao Soares Barbosa, Vice-Chair, Least Developed Countries Experts Group also spoke in the closing session. Joint Secretary of the Ministry Lubna Yasmine moderated the closing session.

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