Climate Change

This Sector is led by Bangladesh.

Change Sector Mission

Recognizing the threats posed by climate change on the lives and livelihoods of peoples across the BIMSTEC region, BIMSTEC Member States included Climate Change as the 14th Priority area of cooperation in the 14th Senior Officials’ Meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 10 December 2009.

The BIMSTEC region is exposed to the growing phenomena of climate change, with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society experiencing its harshest effects. The melting of Himalayan glaciers and the occurrence of floods and landslides in the hills and plains or the rise in sea level of BIMSTEC region is exposed to growing phenomena of climate change.

In the Third BIMSTEC Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 04 March 2014, Leaders agreed to explore collaborative initiatives to address impacts of Climate Change in the BIMSTEC region.


  • Memorandum of Association among BIMSTEC Member Countries concerning Establishment of a BIMSTEC Centre for Weather and Climate was signed in the Third BIMSTEC Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 04 March 2014.
  • The First Climate Change Workshop, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in October 2011, discussed on the effects of the Climate Change in the BIMSTEC region attended by all BIMSTEC Member States.
  • Concept Paper on Climate Change containing initiatives and programmes was circulated by Bangladesh in April 2014 for views/comments from the Member States.