Dhaka, 30th November 2013: Today 8 climate focused civil society networks in a press conference urge the government to work out the future climate action plan with own resource and capacity as the latest CoP-19 outcome has seriously undermined the interest of LDC and CVC (Climate Victim Countries) in facing climate changed present and future negative impact.
The press conference titled “CoP-19 outcome: Interest of climate victim countries are really vulnerable” is organized by eight Bangladeshi climate focused civil society networks namely Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Network for Climate Change and Bio-Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Centre for Global Change (CGC), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP) and Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD).
The keynote paper is presented by Syed Aminul Hoque of EquityBD while Dr. Abdul Matin of BAPA moderates the press conference. Among other Dr. Ahsanuddin Ahmed of CGC, Md Golam Mortuza of Weekly Saptahik and Mostafa Kamal Akand of EquityBD speak before the press.
In the written statement Syed Aminul Haque mentions that the CVC has gained very little out of the climate talk in Warsaw because of frequent non-cooperative attitude of developed countries who are the biggest emitter and responsible for the climate warming. He adds that the most promising area of LDC and CVC’s interest were the Loss & Damage issue, which has been concluded with a hollow set up of working mechanism with deferred to a three year period up to 2016 and without making any clarity on financing being strongly opposed by USA and EU allies especially by Australia.
The keynote paper recommends that Bangladesh shouldn’t wait for some million dollars of aid where the country has more than 15b of remittance. Bangladesh should design the own national climate plan for the future in compliance with the national five year plan.
Dr. Ahsan Uddin in his speech says that, Bangladesh and the other LDCs now facing to strong opposition i.e. Annex 1 countries along with the recently developed LMDC (Like Minded Developing Countries) like India, China and Australia etc. They are just obstructing the climate talks in every step. They have pushed down the Loss & Damage, the long expected issue of LDC and CVCs, towards an uncertainty. The developed countries are offering just a $100m over the promised $100b.
Golam Mortoza, the editor of Weekly Shaptahik, says that, the government delegation of Bangladesh in COP should be more committed to the country and skilled to face the negotiators. Because, a little humble sympathy from the developed countries would not be enough for us. We have to recognize our demand with our own right.
Dr. Abdul Matin of BAPA says that we should not only focus on claiming climate fund. We have to revise our own climate policy so that we can address the power plant like Rampal and enormous corruption. Otherwise we will be morally and logically weak in the international climate negotiations in future.