Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s former principal secretary and former SGD Chief Coordinator Abul Kalam Azad has been appointed as the special envoy for the United Nations (UN) Climate Vulnerable Forum (CBF) Presidency.
Ex-UN Secretary General and Chair of the Board, Global Centre on Adaptation Managing Partner, CVF, Ban Ki-moon and Chair of the CVF and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have jointly given this appointment, a source at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said today.
“It is our pleasure to inform you of the decision to appoint you as the Special Envoy for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Presidency as to be supported by the CVF and V20 Managing Partner, the Global Centre on Adaptation including through the GCA Bangladesh office,” the letter of appointment jointly signed by Ban Ki-moon and Sheikh Hasina said.
The letter said: “In this role, you’ll be expected to serve as a key representative of the Chair of the CVF, exercised since April 2020 by the honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.”
It mentioned Azad’s extensive experience in coordinating Bangladesh’s efforts to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Principal SDG Coordinator at the PMO and his tenure as Principal Secretary to the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
“By virtue of your appointment as a distinguished Fellow of the GCA, we’re convinced that the wealth of expertise you would bring to this role will greatly benefit Bangladesh’s presidency of this important international forum,” the letter added.