Campaign on CoP 24

Today December 24 2018, CSO (civil society organization) s representatives have organized a press conference today held at national press club and criticize the outcome of global climate change negotiation (CoP-24 held in Katwise / Poland during 01-14 Dec’2018). They said that the outcome is frustrating and hardly incompatible with Paris Agreement. They also criticize the proposed “Paris Rulebook” that has ignored the MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) interest as there have no specific decision and text regarding to reducing global temperature up to 1.5 degree, financing, displacement and Loss and Damage, which were key demands of MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries).

The press conference was moderated by M. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Chief Moderator of EquityBD and key note paper was read out by Mr. Syed Aminul Hoque of same organization. Among others, Mr. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB (Federation of Environmental Journalist in Banagldesh), Md. Shamsuddoha of Chief Executive-CPRD (Centre for Participatory Research & Development) and Mr. Badrul Alam (Banglaesh Krishak Federation) spoke in the event.

Presenting of key note, Syed Aminul said that the and latest progress of CoP 24 negotiation outcome is frustrating and there are hardly any particular text of in the proposed Paris Rule Book on financial commitment, technology and capacity building issues for vulnerable countries. Syed Aminul condemned developed countries for backtrack on their commitment to provide these supports. He also expressed concerned that Paris Rulebook has neglected the climate changed displacement and Loss and damage; vulnerable countries largely side-lined on their own to address the impacts of climate change.

Mr. Shamsuddoha criticized as COP-24 is failed in fact to increase ambition of countries to cut the emissions of greenhouse gases as per the findings of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degree. The refusal of the CoP especially by developed countries to take the IPCC report will seriously undermine the implementations of Paris Agreement, in fact which will further aggravated the suffering of MVCs.

Mr. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury said since the Paris Agreement we lost our demand like historical responsibility and compensation and in 2018, we lost responsible support commitment like unconditional support from developed countries in fighting climate change through adopting the Paris Rulebook. Our country as vulnerable are now, that we will have to be self-depended to mitigate, to adapt, and to protect our people from climate impacts especially in coastal areas.

Mr. Badrul Alam opine that developed countries has able successfully to dilute their financial commitment of 100 billion dollar during pre 2020 period even 2025 onward with new financial goal. MVCs have now no option to raise their voice either for historical responsibility, polluter pay principle and demanding compensation as well.

Moderator of the press conference Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury opined that, UNFCCC is now turned a platform of talk show without any results. But even though Bangladesh need to continue to raise voice. For consistency of position, continuity of the negotiators and all above for integration of climate issue in the national planning, a supra body like climate commission should be formed like what have had happened in Philippines. He expressed hope that, political leaders should be serious on the issue in future, political parties should announce their position in their election manifesto.
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Poland, 12 December 2018: Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) and LDCs (Least Developed Countries) termed the negotiation outcome frustrating in a press conference held today in the CoP 24 Global Climate Negotiation in Poland. They demanded to finalize the Paris Rulebook as urgent action within this CoP-24. They also demanded to ensure first-start financing by developed countries that is in fact important for adaptation actions for MVCs and their survival.
The Press conference titled “MVC & LDC Peoples’ expectations and CoP 24” held at the meeting room of climate conference center, Poland where CSO leaders including Dr. Ainun Nishat (Delegate of Bangladesh govt. Negotiation Team), Mr. Soumya Datta (Member, Advisory committee of UNFCCC Climate Change Technology Center and Network-CTCN and Coordinator-Climate Action Network- South Asia, India), Mrs. Rushka Sthapit (Secretary-LDC Watch), Md. Shamsuddoha (CPRD, Bangladesh) and Mr. Manjeet Dakhal (LDC Negotiator) participated and spoke. The key demand is presented by Mr. Golam Rabbani (Research Fellow, Bangladesh Center for Advance Study) and Aminul Hoque (EquityBD) from Bangladesh.
Presenting of key demand, speakers said that the bleak ongoing performance and progress of CoP 24 negotiation is frustrating for us and there is no particular text of finalizing the Paris Rulebook, financial commitment with first-start financing and new Goal of Finance post 2020 period for implementation of MVC & LDCs adaptation actions. Favoring LDCs interest, they put four demands including i. Finalize the Paris Rule book as urgent action and within CoP-24, ii. Ensure first-start financing by developed countries for MVCs to start their most urgent adaptation actions, iii. Ensure easier access to GCF for MVCs Govt.-NGOs stakes and iv. WIM-Excom. (Executive Committee of Warsaw International Mechanism) report on displacement and loss & damage must be linking with GST (Global Stock Take) and Transparency Framework with separate financial mechanism.
Mr. Shamsuddoha said that making the rulebook on implementation of Paris Agreement is very much inadequate and itself flout due to overwhelming with huge divergences of views among Parties on many issues. CoP-24 leaders will have change their mindset, stop the vested role-playing and engage in the negotiation giving more and balanced focus of both MVCs interest. So that Paris Rule book to be developed based on the science limiting 1.5 degree warming, he opined.
Mr. Soumya Datta said if we want really a transformative changes, the finance is crucial. But the rich countries are playing a dirty game, because the US$100 billion dream is not coming anywhere yet and leveraging the private finance to make burden for MVC & LDCs in the name of climate finance. So it’s better to start repent the financing agreement and its process. The rulebook may talk a lot about reporting, verification and review, but these cannot be productive until it is owned by the rich countries and that finance is really needed to lowering global temperature.
Dr. Ainun Nishat said The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C rise, the stakes of current ambition of GHGs reduction and said there is a “huge moral, ethical imperative” for leaders to “step up” for new ambition. So we reiterating that the stocktaking is an opportunity for rich and developed countries reconsideration the assessment and enhancing of GHGs reduction target and implementation of ambition in view of 1.5 degree temperature goal achieving.
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Today December 05 2018, in CoP 24 Global Climate Negotiation in Poland, Civil Society leaders from MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) and LDCs (Least Developed Countries) have meet a press conference in CoP-24 premises and demand for urgent action by developed countries to keep global warming to 1.5 degree temperature. They also demanded that the “Paris Rule Book” (Propose modalities to implement Paris Agreement) will contain MVCs interest addressing their vulnerability and survival strategies.
The Press conference titled “MVC & LDC’s Peoples’ expectations and CoP 24” held at the meeting room of climate conference center, Poland where representatives of different CSO leader like Dr. Ainun Nishat (Delegate of Bangladesh govt. Negotiation Team), Mr. Sanjay Vashist (Coordinator-Climate Action Network- South Asia, India), Mr. Hemantha Withanage (Executive Director-Center for Climate Justice, Sri Lanka), Mr. Atle Solberg (Head of Coordination-Platform of Disaster Displacement-PDD, Geneva) and Mrs. Lena Barenn (Coordinator-Norwegian Refugee Council-NRC, Geneva) are participated and spoke and the key demand is presented by Aminul Hoque (EquityBD) from Bangladesh.
Presenting of key demand, Aminul Hoque said that due to inaction of global leaders to climate change issues, global warming already reached more than 0.85 degree Celsius which worsening the climate scenario, that’s why the IPCC latest report made it clear; the world must come together now to take serious action to stop global warming. He says that MVCs are mostly affected. The impact deprives the most vulnerable groups from basic universal rights, particularly people living in coastal areas along with women and girls.
Sanjay Vashist said keeping to 1.50C, GHGs (Green Hose Gases) emissions would have to decline by about 45% between 2010 and 2030 and hit net zero in 2050. That’s significantly faster than what is needed for 20C a reduction of around 20% by 2030. We urged to developed countries to revise and enhance their NDCs as urgent action in reducing GHGs based on the IPPC 1.5 degree strategy. He also opined for ensuring long term finance for long term adaptation of MVCs.
Atle Solberg express deep concern on displacement that’s happening in MVCs due to climate change impacts. Developed countries have to recognize this issue and CoP-24 is opportunity to move this issue with effective manner. TFD (Task Force on Displacement) will submit recommendations to the parties but need to start their action to avoid risk of displacement.
Mr. Hemantha Withanage said that, we repeatedly remind the develop countries has an obligation to put adequate resource in to the climate financing. Report says that only 6.6 billion is available that insufficient, that’s why MVCs have to make big budget for disaster management which undermine real development for Health, Education etc. So developed countries should be accountable to appropriate finance at least climate issues and not push the ODA (Official Development Assistance) as climate finance.
Dr Ainun Nishat said CSO will have to raise their voice, because IPCC “1.5°C” report made many messages for developed countries, but it’s core is surely that developed countries will have to take lead keeping “the global temperature to well below 2°C” while “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C” be an inspirational one and its possible.
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Dhaka, 13 November 2018. Today ten Civil Society Organizations (CSO) demanded an effective government role to ensure the interest of Most Vulnerable Countries (MVC) in upcoming CoP 24 (Conference of the Parties 24) global climate negotiation to be held in Poland. They also opined that Bangladesh should take strong position in CoP-24 for a legally binding commitment with high emission reduction target from developed countries and big polluters to achieve global warming below 2.0 degree Celsius. These demands are raised in the national seminar titled “CoP 24 Climate Conference: Expectation from CSOs in view of Implementing Paris Agreement” held at National Press Club, Dhaka.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD moderated the seminar while keynote paper is presented by Syed Aminul Hoque from same organization. Dr. Quzi Kholiquzzaman, Chairman-PKF has chaired the meeting where Dr. Hasan Mahmud MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF &CC) as chief guest and Dr. S. M. Munjurul Hanan Khan, Additional Secretary – MoEF&CC participated as special guest. Among other speakers Dr. Aynun Nishat-Professor Emeritus of BRAC University, Mr. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB (federation of Environmental Journalist), Md. Pothar Hossen of BCJF (Bangladesh Climate Journalist Forum), Mr. Gerry Fox (Team Leader-PROKAS), Md. Ziaul Hoque Mukta from CSRL (Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihood), Md. Shamsuddoha of Chief Executive-PRDI spoke in the seminar.
In the keynote presentation Syed Aminul Hoque said that the CoP 24 conference is going to adopt “Paris Rule book” to implement the Paris Agreement which is very important to save country interest especially finance, technology and capacity building support. So our govt. delegation should strong position while setting modalities in Paris Rule book that ensure easier and effective access among these support mechanism.
Dr. Quzi Kholiquzzaman said that success of climate negotiation outcome will be threatened since the politics behind the scene is stronger than temperature goal. We, therefore, have to work with own capacity based on our resource.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud stressed on govt. position for the target of high emission reduction by big polluter countries as global temperature increasing and must rise up to more than three degree centigrade if all countries fulfill their commitment on reducing taregt. But we are frustrated observing the role of developed countries and their dubious role in implementing the PA. So CSO role is imperative like previous and raise voice together indeed
Dr. Aynun Nishat opine to take CSO recommendations before government position and should importance to hear CSO opinion. This is being slower somehow but need further strengthen. He also advice government to raise voice on the issues of Capacity building in upcoming CoP.
Dr. Munjurul Hanan Khan said that, Bangladesh has been playing a good role since the climate negotiations and there have well coordination between CSOs and govt. that is our strength. This CoP we also going to prepare our position and we will included our CSO opinion.
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