Rich Nations Should keep Climate Promise: PM

Developed nations should keep their promises to control the adverse affects of climate change, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Bangladesh has no hand in global warming or climate shift. But it is us who suffered dangerously because of this,” she said.

The prime minister was addressing the event to inaugurate an environment campaign at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Thursday on the occasion of the World Environment Day.

‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’ – is the theme set by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for this year’s World Environment Day, which bears special significance for coastal countries like Bangladesh, she said.

Hasina said her government has taken ‘tough measures’ to stop the rampant pollution of rivers surrounding Dhaka.

The tanneries of Hazaribagh, known for their consistent disposal of toxic waste, will be slowly shifted to Savar, she said.

Whether the factories’ are using Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP) will be soon be monitored online. So far it has been possible to place ETPs in 812 factories, she said.

All factories in Bangladesh will be made to have ETP capabilities by 2018, she hoped.