Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) has chosen Saima Wazed Hossain as its one of the Thematic Ambassadors.
Saima is the Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Autism of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh.
The CVF has also picked Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker and former President of Maldives, Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker of Parliament of the Philippines and Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Lead Climate Change Specialist of DR of Congoas as three other Ambassadors.
They are chosen for four thematic domains respectively -- Vulnerability, Ambition, Parliament and Renewable Energy, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, on behalf of the Bangladesh Presidency and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, invited them to take the roles.
As CVF Thematic Ambassadors, they will endeavour to create a global public campaign and mobilise different stakeholders, groups and voices to raise global awareness on climate vulnerabilities, especially to pursue countries to keep the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5 degree centigrade alive.
The Thematic Ambassadors will also help pursue the agenda and key priorities of the CVF Presidency and contribute to safeguarding the interests of climate vulnerable countries by outreaching the existing and new networks beyond the executive branch of the government.
They will advocate on behalf of CVF countries and coordinate international cooperation to fight against the adverse impacts of climate change.
After assuming the Presidency of CVF and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Finance Ministers, Bangladesh has decided to engage six thematic Ambassadors to help strengthen its networking and engagement with key actors throughout the world in six identified core areas of ambition, culture, finance, parliaments, renewable energy and vulnerability.
Saima Wazed, Mohamed Nasheed, Loren Legarda and Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu are highly regarded in their respective domains.
Two more Thematic Ambassadors for culture and finance will also be appointed from Marshall Islands and Costa Rica.
Saima Wazed Hossain is an expert on neurodevelopment disorders and mental health, and an accomplished speaker and author.
She is widely credited for bringing the mental health issues to the mainstream and breaking social barriers to acceptance of persons with disabilities, and was instrumental for the adoption of UN resolution titled ‘Addressing the Socioeconomic Needs of Individuals, Families and Societies Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disorders and Associated Disabilities’ in 2012.
Mohamed Nasheed’s relentless efforts in promoting ambition in climate change and for reducing global carbon emission are globally acclaimed.
His unique initiative in holding the underwater cabinet meeting to highlight the threat of climate change and global warming received global attention during his presidency.
Loren Legarda is one of the most prolific parliamentarians in the world and is behind a host of acts of the Philippines parliament on climate change.
She was instrumental in establishing the CVF in 2009 with President Nasheed and later the V-20 Group of Finance Ministers.
Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu has several years of experience in the areas of finance, climate change, economic development, carbon markets, renewable energy, environment and diplomacy.