Doha Outcome is for Climate Inaction and Injustice

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Dhaka, 17th December 2012 : Today seven civil society networks in a press conference has termed the Doha climate conference outcome in fact is for climate injustice toward climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh and developed countries has got scope to do inaction in respect of finance and carbon emission. The press conference title “ Doha Gate Way : Life and Death Situation” has been organized by seven Bangladeshi civil society networks namely Bangladesh Poribesh Andoloan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB). The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, written press statement as read out by Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB, other speakers are Dr. Ahsanuddin Ahmed of CGC/CSRL, Zakir Hossain Khan of CFGN, Mrinal Tripura of BIPNetCCBD, Golam Mortoza Editor Shaptahik and Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of EJFB.

In written press statement the group mentioned several fundamental weakness in Doha outcome, i.e., second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol, in fact which is like life support, without science based substances, e.g., in respect of mitigation commitment of 18 % carbon reduction by developed countries is not science based which should have been 40 to 45 % from 1990 level. It means the planet in fact reaching toward 4 degree celsius at the end of this century, which will create more climate catastrophes in future. There is no commitment for finance for adaptation too, e.g., there is only commitment of continuous funding without any figures. Developing country proposal was to get $ 60 billions by 2015 and a road map that to ensuring earlier commitment of $ 100 billions from 2020. Only a ray of hope was there it is on acceptance of international mechanism in respect of Loss and Damage discourse, but it is also depend upon on the decision of CoP 19 / climate conference, which would be happened in Poland at the end of 2013. Due to position of USA equity and CBDR (common but differentiated responsibilities) principles has been eliminated, it means developed countries are not taking historical responsibility any more. The group proposed a national climate commission as a state supra body like in Philippines which should coordinate climate negotiation, finance and climate action plan.

Dr. Ahsanuddin Ahmed mentioned this Doha out come as a tiger without nail and teeth. He also mentioned that Bangladesh has to be ready to do climate adaptation and other development from its own money. Zakir Hossain Khan mentioned that even there are 6 member delegations from Bolivia who played a challenging role the conference compared to Bangladesh delegation. Mr. Golam Mortaza speaks on own behalf not as part of the group raise question of huge government delegation. He demands accountability of NGO delegations too. He demand that there should be written position on Bangladesh at least declared three month before of such conference, so that there will be consistency in this regard. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury underscore the need of integrated national foreign policy with the integration of climate diplomacy, doing home work in prior, so that Bangladesh will be able to reflect their own situation, mobilize and lead others in this regard what Philippine delegation did in this time.

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