Bangladesh sufferer of global warming: Bangladesh President

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid.

New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) Bangladesh has suffered the most due to global warming, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid said here on Sunday and lauded the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in giving the global leadership for launching of the International Solar Alliance here.

Speaking at the plenary session of the founding conference of the ISA, a treaty-based international body for promotion of solar energy in coordination among 121 countries, Mr Hamid said his country has already started developing “renewable energy” with much fanfare and seriousness.

“Bangladesh is putting up best efforts,” in this endeavour, he said adding, “we are also taking steps to reduce solar emission”.

He said Bangladesh government believes that development of renewable energy was not only vital for development, but it is also important for safety of the planet.

He mentioned that it is in this context, the government of the day in Dhaka has provided five million solar panels at homes and thereby serving the interest of 20 million people.

The ISA was formally launched here by a galaxy of international leaders and heads of nation including French President Macron and PM Modi.

India is co-hosting the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit with France at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here where in 23 Heads of Nations and several ministerial representatives of different countries during day long deliberations, will discuss and debate on dealing with the identified gaps in climate related matters through a common and agreed approach.

As an initiative, the ISA was formally given a broad shape at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30, 2015 by Prime Minister Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande.

The ISA initiative is billed as a feather in Prime Minister’s cap as the move was first proposed by Mr Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium in London where he referred to ‘sunshine’ countries as Suryaputra (“Sons of the Sun”).