Dhaka, 24th December 2014. Today in a joint press conference organized by all the country’s civil society climate networks criticize and condemn Bangladesh delegation role in climate conference which have had held during 1 to 13 December in Lima, capital of Peru, they said that the delegation role has not reflected the people interest, downsize to previous delegation role and does not keep consistency to previous achievement. Civil society has also urged government to announce a inclusive, participatory and transparent road map toward next climate conference which to be held in Paris during December 2015, where a global climate agreement supposed to be inked.
The press conference title “ Lima Climate Action will increase global temperature, Bangladesh need to implement climate planning with own financing” has jointly organized by BAPA (Bangladesh Poribesh Angolan), BIPNetCCBD (Bangladesh Indigenous People Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity), BCJF (Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum), CCDF (Climate Change Development Forum), CDP (Coastal Development Partnership), CSRL (Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood), EquityBD (Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh), FEJB (Forum for Environmental Journalist in Bangladesh), and PRDI (Participatory Research and Development Initiative) with the support of Oxfam. The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, welcome speech given by Mostafa Kamal Akanda and position paper on behalf of the group read out by Sayed Aminul Haque of EquityBD, other speakers are Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB, Usha Chak of BIPNetCCBD, Tanvir Ahmed of Oxfam, Md Shamsuddoha of PRDI, Sayed Mausm Hossain of CDP, Kawser Rahman of BCJF and Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB (Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh).
Sayed Aminul Haque on behalf of the group read out position paper, questioned government that why country’s prominent expert people has not been included in the group who were participating and contributing the government all most voluntarily in the past. The paper has also mentioned that the delegation has very little coordination with civil society and media during climate conference in Lima. The group suggested group of suggestion on what to do next especially demanded a participatory and inclusive process and a road map toward Paris climate conference in 2015.
Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB has demand a press conference from Environment Minister on the delegation role in Lima in this regard. Usha Chak of BIPNetCCBD demanded indigenous people participation in climate negotiation and planning. Tanvir Ahmed of Oxfam mentioned that Bangladesh government must take priority planning to tackle climate catastrophic which is endangering poverty eradication and human development effort. Md Shamsuddoha of PRDI has mentioned that LDC (least developed country) interest has lost due to the compromise of developed and emerging economics compromise, Bangladesh and LDCs must take the group of LDC and CVC (climate vulnerable country) interest separately. Kawser Rahman of BCJF said that role of Bangladesh delegation has composed without giving importance to institutional memory. Syed Jahangir Hossain Masum of CDP said that Bangladesh must take position for Paris as like for what have had taken in respect of gaining Bay of Bengal boarder, there should be technical expert in the delegation. Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB said that responsibility of the political parties should be aimed to save the nation from climate catastrophes rather than going to power. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD has mentioned that Bangladesh delegation position on climate financing in Lima was inconsistence with Prime Minister Position, Prime Minister Position was always for demanding compensation as the basic right of Bangladeshi population.