The UK Minister for International Environment, Lord Goldsmith, made a virtual visit to Bangladesh to emphasize the government’s ongoing commitment to providing international climate finance to the country, given its vulnerability to climate change. Because it is a delta country, floods and cyclones pose a risk to over 70% of Bangladesh's population.
During the virtual visit, Lord Goldsmith met with Bangladesh’s Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources to discuss renewable energy generation for the country. He also met with officials and researchers to encourage the integration of nature-based solutions to support adaptation and resilience to climate change in the country.
The UK is the third-largest bilateral donor to Bangladesh, providing more than £350 million (US$460 million) in development assistance since 2018. Funding from the UK has helped to deliver early warning systems for floods and cyclones, has supported the installation of solar irrigation pumps, and has provided emergency assistance to people recovering from floods.
The UK government is hosting the UN Climate Conference COP26 in November 2021 and the government of Bangladesh currently chairs the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet.
Press release - UK government