John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning to convey President Joe Biden's commitment to move forward "aggressively" to deal with the global climate crisis.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and his wife Selina Momen received Kerry upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am. US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller was present.
Kerry, who arrived in Dhaka after wrapping up his four-day India visit, will hand over the US President’s invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in person to attend the "Leaders Summit on Climate" to be held on April 22-23 virtually.
In India, Kerry said that the Paris Agreement recognises the global need to further empower women in climate decision-making. "That's why it was my pleasure to meet with women leaders driving climate action and the energy transition here in India," he tweeted.
In Dhaka, Kerry will meet representatives of the government of Bangladesh and key development and international partners, a State Department spokesperson told UNB.
As the president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers, the spokesperson said, Bangladesh plays a leading role in combating climate change.
Before his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the afternoon, Kerry will meet Foreign Minister Dr Momen, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin and others.
Marcia Bernicat, US senior official for economic growth, energy and the environment, has said that Bangladesh’s leadership in addressing climate change offers the United States – and the world – a great partner to tackle this climate crisis.
As president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers, she said, Bangladesh can make irreplaceable contributions towards a successful COP26.