Campaign on CoP-18

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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Doha, 6th December 2012. Today Bangladeshi CSO climate networks namely BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB conducted a press conference in QNCC, Doha where CoP 18 UNFCCC Climate Conference are happening, there are only one day remain to conclude the conference. The civil societies expressed frustration and condemned the attitude of developed countries especially of USA, they ged global leaders to make a deal based on science and consider due compensation as repaying of climate debt, they have also expressed worried as if there are no deals means some how a collapse of multilateralism, meaning accepting climate genocide in poor countries.

The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, other speakers are Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed of CGC/CSRL, Dr. Abdul Matin of BAPA. Md. Golam Rabbani of CCDF/BCAS read out the press statement on behalf of the group. The group’s press statement title “Polluters, You Can Not Eat Money”. In the statement the group condemned the selfish attitude of developed countries, who repeatedly failed to fulfill commitment. They urged that there should not be any adhoc approach of financing for the period of 2013 to 2020. The group has also urged for decision on drastic emission cut following science based forecast and with the principles of equity and justice, common but differentiate responsibilities and capabilities, not only applicable to developed countries only, should also be applicable to advance developed country too, e.g., to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.

In respect of loss and damage discourse in the negotiation process Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed condemned the approach of Developed countries, especially USA who are showing obstinate to accept the proposal of International Compensatory Mechanism. It should be noted that least develop countries trying and arguing for inclusion of climate forced displacement issue too in the process.

Rezaul Karim Chowhdury has mentioned that if there is compromise deal which might be going to be happened in fact, means developed countries strengthening of their own right to giving fire on the houses of poor people in the global south. In fact it will be condemned by everybody in the history.

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Doha, Qatar, 3rd December 2012. Today seven Bangladeshi civil society networks (BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB) have organized a press conference in Qatar National Convention Center where UNFCC CoP 18 Climate Conference is happening. They have urged developed countries to take historical responsibilities and to endorse emission reduction and adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) to be implemented from 1st January 2013.

The press conference was moderated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, key note paper was read out by Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, and other speakers are M Zakir Hossain Khan and Mizanur Rahman Bijoy.

In the key note paper the alliance has placed major demands, (i) countries who has already pulled out, should brought in the board of KP, now KP cover mere one eight of global green house gas emission, (ii) BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) country must consider their equity demand should comply holistic approach of justice, (iii) Increasing of public finance substantially with a clear road map for the period of 2013 to 2020 for the GCF (Green Climate Fund) and other fund, so that it will reach $ 100 per billion per year from 2020, (iv) resolving technology transfer and intellectual property right issues for the interest of LDCs and (v) take action under Cancun Agreement framework in including climate migrants issues, especially in Loss and Damage discourse.

Ziaul Haque Mutka said developed countries must strive to shun differences rather then creating it; they must not create space to collapse of multilateral system, which might create unexpected political and social implications.

Zakir Hossain Khan said that, there must be a clear transparency in funding, develop country must commit to LDC’s demand of $ 60 billion for the period of 2013 to 2015.

Mizanur Rahman Bijoy expressed on concern on progress of Loss and Damage discourse in CoP 18 process, he urged countries to include climate migrant’s issues and compensatory mechanism in the process. Their must be upholding of the interest of climate vulnerable countries.

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Doha, Qatar, 30th Nov 2012. Today tweleve International civil society network from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and 7 Bangladeshi Civil Society network in a jointly organized seminar urged developed country to take responsibility of climate forced migrants, as the developed countries are historically responsible for all climate change and high level of carbon emission. The networks are 350.Org USA, Beyond Copenhagen, Parivi and BJVJ from India, Jubilee Debt Campaign and WDM from UK, PACJA (Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance) from Kenya, PMCC (People’s Movement on Climate Change) and Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement for Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) from Philippines, LDC Watch and SAAPE (South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication) from Nepal; BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CFGN, CSRL, EquityBD and NCCB from Bangladesh. The networks has organized the seminar title “Need of a New UN Protocol, Climate Forced Migrants: On the Question of Rights and Responsibilities” at QNCC, in Hall 5 as a side events of CoP 18 UNFCCC Doha climate conference.

The seminar moderated by Dr. Ahsan Uddin, speakers of the seminars are Dr. Tony Trujan from PMCC, Samuel Ogallha from PACJA, Martin Villela from Jubilee South Latin America and Bolivia, Dr. Koko Warner from United Nation University, Dr. Timsina Netra from SAAPE, Soumya Dutta and Sanjay Vahsist from India, Farah Kabir from Action Aid Bangladesh, Dr Atiq Rahman of BCAS, Golam Rabbani of CCDF has given key note presentation. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD has given welcome speech on behalf of organizers and Zakir Hossain Khan of CFGN has given thanks at the end.

Golam Rabbani in his key note presentation given detail forecast estimate of climate forced migrants. He urged delegated to operationalize para 14 (f) of Cancun Agreement which has accepted the issue of climate forced migration.

Dr. Tony Trujan said, there should be new protocol either in UNFCCC or in UN that the cross boarder migration of climate forced migrants have to have a new legal frame work as they have right to live in view of human rights framework. Samuel Ogallah said that Africa is the most impacted continent in the region while it is responsible for only 4 % of carbon emission, as developed countries are responsible for high level of carbon emission and thereby all climate catastrophes and as there are no plan B planet, then they have to take responsibility of climate forced migrants.

Martin Villela said that climate change has already impacted worse that creating migration and other problems in Latin America, during negotiation country delegation must keep in mind the human right principle, so there must be new logic, to live in this earth. Dr, Timsina Netra said that the present capitalist system has plundered the planet and its natural resources, the beneficiary are the developed country, so the system has to be changed and need of a new paradigm of thinking.

Farah Kabir said that developed countries either have to go for drastic emission cut or they have to consider alternative policies for the people who has forced to migrates, she draw attention on gender dimension of climate migrants. Dr. Koko Warner has mentioned about different dimension of climate forced migrants from different continent from her research. Soumaya Dutta has mentioned how climate problems creating migration in India. Dr Atiq Rahman of BCAS mentioned that all the country delegates at the end of the day have to raise the issue of people has the right to move.

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Dhaka, 24th November 2012. Today in a press conference, held at national press club seven Bangladeshi civil society climate networks along with 12 international networks has launched a post card campaign contained with 16 human stories and 16 demands related to Rights for Climate Forced Migrants. Organizers said that they will distribute these postcards globally especially among the policy makers who will be participating in Doha climate conference during 26th November to 7th December 2012.

Organizers of the press conference are Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Indeginious People Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB). They said they have 12 international civil society networks also expressed soliddarity with them in this campaign, which will also be campaigning in Doha also in their countries on the issue. They are 350.Org from USA; Beyond Copenhagen Collective, Bharitiya Jana Vighaan Jatra (BJVJ) and Parivi all these three organizations from India; Jubilee South Asia Pacific Development Movement (JSAPMDD) and People’s Movement on Climate Change (PMCC) from Philippines; Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) from Kenya, Least Development Country (LDC) Watch from Brussels, South Asian Alliance on Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) from Nepal, and Jubilee Debt Campaign and World Development Movement from UK.

The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdury of EquityBD, other speakers are Sudipta Chakma of BIPNentCCBD, Zakir Hossain Khan from CFGN, Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB and Tapahs Chkraborty of CSRL. Main presentation was given by Photographer Din Mohammed Shibly and Independent documentary Filmmaker Barkat Ullah Maruf who has prepared this postcard campaign taking sixteen case stories from sixteen climate hotspots of Bangladesh varied from South west Sathkira to Northern districts Kurigram.

Each of the postcard contain each unique demand and in the back page contain with a short case story of climate migrants. Among the 16 slogans, most popular ones are “1 out of 30 people in globe and 1 out of 7 in Bangladesh will be climate forced migrants in near future”. “Climate forced migrants are not threats, it’s our common but differentiate responsibility”. “Are our cities ready to accommodate climate forced migrants? Is it fair to let them be mere slum dwellers?”. “Allow natural labors to move freely across the borders exactly like the capital and goods”. “High carbon emitting countries must take responsibilities of the climate forced migrants”. “A new UN protocol is needed”. “Consider climate forced migrants as universal natural person”. “Ionospheres are our global public goods”. “Every human being has the equal right to enjoy and protect it. Prepare internal displacement and rehabilitation policy focusing climate forced migrants”. “Women, children and adult are the trapped population in climate hotspots due to climate forced migration”.

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Dhaka, 22nd November 2012. Today seven civil society climate networks has organized a march from press club to Jatiya Sahid Minar (National Language Movement Monument) on the eve of upcoming Doha Climate Conference to be held in Doha, Qatar during November 26 to December 7 and organized a rally there, they have demanded that UU, EU and Rich Countries to Cut their emission first, they have also demanded reparations as climate debt, not as loan and assistance.

The network are Bangladesh Poribesh Anodolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network on Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change and Development Forum (CCDF), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change Banganldesh (NCCB).

They have also urged Bangladesh government delegation, on four key issues which are (i) Not to compromise on equity issues, especially which has raise by BRICS (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) without justice and to uphold interest of climate vulnerable country’s (CVC) interest, (ii) Inclusion of climate migrants right issues in adaptation, loss and damage discourse, (iii) Putting pressure on US, EU and other rich countries to promise a deep cut in carbon emission and (iv) Ensure full transparency, transparency and direct access of Adivasis and local community in all climate funds both in national and international level.

The march has carried different placards, where they have raised demands on “No to climate profiteering! Stop corporate captures of climate programs”, “No more delay! climate finance now, “ US, EU and Rich Countries, Reparations for Climate Debt Now”, World Bank, Take Out Your Hands from Climate Finance”. “Transparency and Free of Conflict of Interest in Climate Trust Fund in Bangladesh” “Obama, Keep your promise, cut US climate pollution first”.

In Jatiya Sahid Minar the rally was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, other speakers of the rally was, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishok Fedearation, Mrinal Tripura of BIPNetCCBD, Dr Sirajul Islam of North South University, Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB and Dr. Iftekaruzzaman of Transparency International Bangladesh. Dr. Iftekaruzzaman said that World Bank (WB) has forcibly taken the control of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund, now it is the WB responsibility to ensure full transparency, participation and conflict of interest free management first. He urged government delegation to consider civil society concern on international climate negotiation.

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Dhaka, 16th November 2012. Today seven civil society climate network urged government delegation in Doha climate conference to emphasize on equity and justice and uphold climate vulnerable country interest. The seven network namely Bangladesh Poribesh Andoloan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network on Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change in Bangladesh (NCCB) has organized the seminar title “CoP 18 Doha Climate Conference : Expectation in view of Bangladesh Perspective, Equity with Justice : Climate Vulnerable Country’s Interest”. The net work expressed concern the role of G77 + China group role, as they said which mostly dominated by the interest of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.

The seminar moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdury of EquityBD and Ziaul Haque Mukta of Oxfam GB/ CSRL. Key presentation on behalf of seven alliances was presented by Zakir Hossain Khan of CFGN/TIB. The seminar was attended Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed, Chief of Banladesh Negotiation Team. Others speakers of the seminar, Dr. Monjurul Hannan Khan of Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Ahsan Uddin of CGC, Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of Forum of Environment Journalist Bangladesh (FEJB), Golam Rabbani of CCDF, Mrinal Tripura of BIPNetCCBD, Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB and Kawser Rahman of Janakanta.

In his key note presentation Zakir Hossain Khan emphasize that in respect of climate finance transparency, accountability and community participation in all level. Dr. Ahsan Uddin of CGC mentioned that 1990 should not be considered as base year and it is not only the annex 1 developed countries are no more only responsible for high emission, if we consider 2020, we will see that BRICS countries will also be the high emitters. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB said that he is participating in UNFCCC adaptation committee, he will emphasize annual adaptation conference, he said that this year in Doha, Bangladesh and other LDC countries should urged for specific allocation in different funds. Golam Rabbani of BCAS/CCDF urged government delegation for more process orientation, active and effective, first they should take the interest of LDCs (Least Developed Countries) and then for country. Dr. Monjurul Hannan Khan criticize dubious role of developed countries in respect of funding in climate adaptation and Green Climate Fund, which is hardly additional and predictable.

As chief guest Dr. Quazi Kholikuzzaman Ahmed said that due to Cancun agreement 14 f clause Bangladesh has the opportunity to raise demand regarding climate migrants’ rights in local, regional and international level. Inclusion of this clause in agreement is one of the achievements of Bangladesh government delegation. He also said that Bangladesh delegation will raise the issue of transparency, accountability and participation of all international climate financing.

In summing up Ziaul Haque Mukta urged government delegation to emphasize five points, (i) enhance ambition from developed countries for second period of Kyoto protocol, (ii) there should be specific commitment on financing during the period of 2013 to 2020, (iii) there should be inclusion of displacement issues in adaptation and loss and damages, (iv) there should be a concrete work plan toward new deal from 2015 and (v) all these have to be looked from equity and justice perspective.

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