Dhaka, 20th November 2014. Today in a seminar held at Dhaka Reporters Unity organized by six civil society networks and two media networks related to climate change urged government to facilitate a united voice of all stakeholders including of civil societies and media in the CoP (Conference of Parties) 20, Lima Climate Conference. They also expressed concern on Ministry of Forest and Environment’s preparation in this regard. The United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) CoP 20 conference will be held in 1st to 12th December in Lima, i.e. the capital of Peru, Latin America.
The seminar titled “CoP 20 Lima Climate Conference : Challenges for Bangladesh in Leadership” is moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdury of EquityBD while Dr Hasan Mahmud, the Ex-Minister for Forest and Environment and the Present Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on that Ministry spoke as the chief guest. Other speakers of the seminar were Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA, Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB, Kawser Rahman of BCJF. Sayed Amiunl Haque of EquityBD has presented the key note presentation on behalf of the group.
The group comprises Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF), and Bangladesh Indigenous People Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Coastal Livelihood Environment Action Network (CLEAN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) and Forum for Environment Journalist in Bangladesh (FEJB) and Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) jointly organized the seminar.
Sayed Aminul Haque in his keynote presentation elaborated the key issues to be discussed in Lima climate conference as the priority issues of Bangladesh: (i) Importance on adaptation finance along with mitigation, (ii) Institutional frame work for loss and damage, (iii) Non binding on least developed countries on Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), (iv) Framework agreement for CoP 21 Paris should be as a legally binding, (v) New protocol for climate induced migrants, (v) Additional, predictable climate financing especially from public sources, (vi) Mechanism for technology transfer to LDCs without IPR (intellectual property right), and (v) No charge of insurance money from MVCs and LDCs to facilitate the insurance business for MNC (multinational companies ) of developed countries.
Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA expressed concern on preparatory approach of present Ministry of Forest and Environment which is hardly accessible to civil societies and media and said that Bangladesh might not be able to keep leadership in this international discourse of climate negotiations.
Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB said Bangladesh delegation must seek support from civil societies and media who will also participate in CoP 20 in Lima to keep up tradition of working together by all stakeholders in UNFCCC CoP process.
Dr Hasan Mahmud said Government must facilitate participation of all stakeholders in preparation of CoP 20 and there must be a united and louder voice from Bangladesh. He urged that issue of redefining “Refugee” to accommodate the climate induced migrants and carry forward of Cancun agreement should be priority for Bangladesh.