Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been announced as one of the winners of the United Na-tions’ highest environmental accolade in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change.
It is also one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history, but they have in-tensified in recent years, according to a message received here on Monday.
Serving as Prime Minister of Bangladesh- one of the world’s least-developed countries- Sheikh Hasina has proven that investing in climate change is conducive to achieving social and economic development.
The Champions of the Earth Award in the Policy Leadership category, which the Prime Minis-ter will accept at a ceremony in New York 27 September 2015, recognizes Bangladesh’s first-off-the-block initiatives under Prime Minister Hasina’s government to prepare the ecologically fragile country for the challenges it faces from climate change.
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, Through a number of forward-looking policy initiatives and investments, Bangladesh has placed confronting the challenge of climate change at the core of its development.
These initiatives, from climate change adaptation measures to ecosystem preservation legisla-tion, mean that current and future generations of Bangladeshis are better prepared to address climate change risks and reverse the impacts of environmental degradation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated leadership and vision in both making climate change an issue of national priority and advocating for an ambitious global response.