Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won the United Nations Champions of the Earth Award for Policy Leadership to address the issue of climate change.
Sheikh Hasina has taken many initiatives to make climate change an issue of national priority. UNEP noted that Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Cyclones, floods and droughts have long been part of the country’s history, but they have intensified in recent years.
However, through a number of forward-looking policy initiatives and investments, Bangladesh has successfully confronted the challenge of climate change at the core of its development. The award cites the progressive Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan of 2009.
This action plan made Bangladesh the first developing country to frame such a coordinated action plan.
Bangladesh is also the first country to set up its own Climate Change Trust Fund, supported by nearly 300 million US dollars of domestic resources from 2009-2012.
It is under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina that the Bangladesh Constitution was amended in 2011 to include a constitutional directive to the State to protect the environment and natural resources for current and future generations.
In addition to Sheikh Hasina, the other winners announced so far are
|National Geographic Society||Science and Innovation|
|Natura (Brazilian cosmetics firm)||Entrepreneurial Vision|
|South Africa’s Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit||Inspiration and Action|
|3||Inspiration and Action|
|4||Science and Innovation.|