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Climate talks in London tomorrow

The much talked-about international conference on climate change with special focus on Bangladesh will be held tomorrow in London.

Bangladesh is going to present a policy paper stating its action plans in the conference, jointly organised by Bangladesh and the UK where the government is expecting to form a climate change funds to tackle adverse impact of global warming.

The joint effort by the two countries will try to link mitigating and adapting to climate changes with meeting the Millennium Development Goals and overall development.

The UK government has already assured to give at least a fund of 50 million pound for adaptation, which is the first big attempt by any rich nation.

Other developed nations Denmark, Netherlands as well as World Bank are expecting to contribute to the new Bangladesh fund. The Bangladesh government has already formed a fund and allocated Tk 300 crore during last fiscal year's budget.

British International Development Minister Douglas Alexander and World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will attend the conference along with 200 other participants including speakers from vulnerable countries, donors, private sector, academia and NGOs.

The government consulted selected members of the civil society, private sector and donors to draw up the strategy to identify potential physical impacts of climate change.

Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam will lead a 39-member Bangladesh delegation to 'Conference: Bangladesh Facing the Challenge'. Special Assistant to Chief Adviser for Environment and Forest Raja Debashish Roy will also attend the London conference as a member of the delegation.

According to experts, the country is likely to suffer from more intense and frequent floods, droughts, cyclones and storm surges, with adverse impact on agriculture, water security and health.

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