H.E. Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan, Ambassador-designate to Italy and Permanent Representative-designate to FAO, WFP and IFAD, Rome attended FAO High-Level Event to Commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on invitation. Held on a zoom platform on 14 December,2020, the focus of the event was the role of the agricultural sector in achieving the Paris Agreement and building back better. Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) made opening remarks while the panelists participated at the discussion segment. Keynote speech was given by Ms. Laurence Tubiana, former High-Level Climate Champion for COP21 French Presidency.
Bangladesh is one of the first countries to sign and ratify the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recently called on global leaders to step up efforts to meet the goals set under the Paris Agreement with a stark reminder of the threat of climate change. Under the legally-binding international treaty signed on 12 December, 2015, 196 countries agreed to limit the average rise in global temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius and ideally to 1.5C above pre-industrial times. It entered into force on 4 November, 2016. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh already emerged as a “global leader” on climate adaptation measures.