Right Groups Urge Prime Minister to Lead Paris Climate Conference while Present Minister down played in last Lima Climate Conference. Legally Binding Climate Agreement is Indispensable for Survival for Most Vulnerable Countries (MVC)’s Survival. Today in a seminar organized by CANSA (Climate Action Network South Asia) , Action 2015 and EquityBD, title “ SDG and Paris Climate Conference : Redlines in View of MVCs People Expectations” civil society leaders urged Prime Minister to lead the climate negotiation process and take the position for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) in climate, which is indispensible for survival of MVC counties.
The seminar was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), other speakers of the seminar were Dr Golam Rabbani of Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS), Dr Sharmind Neelormi and Ziaul Haque Mukta of Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Dr Abdul Matin of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Qumrul Islam Chowdhury, General Secretary National Press Club and President Forum of Environment Journalist Bangladesh (FEJB), Kawser Rahman, President Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF), Sayed Jahangir Hossain of Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Sajid Raihan, Deputy Director Action Aid Bangldesh and Board Member CANSA, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishok Forum and Aminur Rasul of Unnayan Dhara. Syed Amunil Haque of EquityBD has presented key note presentation.
In key note presentation Sayed Aminul Haque EquityBD urged four points in respect of SDG implement, which are (i) uphold the primacy of human rights, (ii) tackle inequality and the over concentration of wealth, (iii) rain in corporate power and (iv) stop militarization and war. Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA and Kawser Raham of BCJF criticized present Forest and Environment Minister role in last Lima Climate Conference, as they said it was loss of Bangladesh achievements of past decades leading image in climate negotiations, which was influenced by consultants and bureaucrats who work not for the interest of people, and the Minister also avoided the tradition of inclusive and transparent process Bangladesh team leaded by previous Forest and Environment Minister and Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman country’s lead economist and environment scientist.
In summing of the presentations and deliberations of the seminar, Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL, and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD mentioned that in Lima the Bangladesh delegation did not followed Prime Minister position, even they also criticized Bangladesh representative role in Green Climate Fund (GCF) who did not oppose loan provision for Least Developed Countries (LDC) from GCF, Prime Minister position was declared in parliament that Bangladesh can not accept loan for climate adaptation as Bangladesh is not at all responsible for climate changes. They proposed five points demand in this regard (i) Prime Minister (PM) to lead the climate delegation preparation, position and all process which should be inclusive and transparent, (ii) delegation must demand a legally binding climate agreement, (iii) developed countries must commit and enhance their target so that there will be global temperature within 2 degre celcious by the year 2100, at present rate which suppose to cross 6 degree, which will be huge catastrophes for the earth, (iv) Bangladesh must demand a work program on climate migration in view of Cancun agreement para 14 f, (v) For mitigation and adaptation for Country like Bangladesh and other LDCs and MVC there must be IPR (intellectual property regime) waivers.