Major Gen. Munir Muniruzzaman (Ret.): 20% of Bangladesh could be lost to the sea


“Bangladesh is a country on the front line of climate change.”

“Bangladesh, says Retired Major General Munir Muniruzzaman of his nation, “is a country which is considered in the front line on the impacts of climate change.” Muniruzzaman, a career military officer who spent over 38 years in active duty, worries about the effects of climate change on Bangladesh, where tens of millions could be displaced as sea level rises.

Muniruzzaman is the Founder and President of the non-profit Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. He is also the Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a group of military leaders, both retired and currently serving, “committed to highlighting the potential security implications of a changing climate and advocating action, including by the military, to minimize the risks”

Muniruzzaman also served as a military adviser to the President of Bangladesh. As a senior Officer of the Bangladesh Army, Muniruzzaman has served in United Nations Peace Support missions in different conflict zones, such as the the post-election UN Mission in Cambodia that he headed.

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