BANGLADESH: Hasina urged to raise issue at UN summit

Thursday 18 September 2014

Date: 13 September 2014

Type: News

Source: The Independent

Keywords: climate talks, UNFCCC

Rights of climate change victims Five rights-based civil society climate networks yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to demand climate forced migrants’ rights and appropriate compensation in the upcoming summit on climate change called by UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon. The summit will be held on September 23 in New York.

The networks also expressed concern over the current role of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and urged it to be more proactive to involve civil society members in preparing the PM’s speech in this regard. Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), BIPnetCCBD (Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Network for Climate Change and Bio-Diversity), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) and Equity and Justice Working Group (EquityBD, Bangladesh) jointly made their demands at a press conference held at the Jatiya Press Club.

Syed Aminul Haque, Secretariat coordinator of EquityBD, read out the position paper at the press conference, which was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, chief moderator of EquityBD. Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD delivered the welcome address.

The invited speakers were Dr Abdul Matin, general secretary of BAPA, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust and Hasan Mehedi of Humanity Watch/CLEAN. Haque placed a five-point charter of demands, which should be addressed by the Prime Minister in the upcoming summit.

The five points are: developed countries must take historical responsibility and practically commit to reducing the GHG emissions; any agreement in relation to climate change must be legally binding, especially for rich countries in reducing GHG emissions; the UN must consider preparing a separate protocol for climate forced migrants/refugees so that developed countries could take their responsibilities; allocation of 50% of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for adaptation and easy access for the LDCs and; additional adaptation fund, while there must be compensation for the countries within the discourse and mechanism related to loss and damage.

Matin expressed worries over the environment ministry’s lack of interest to involve different stakeholders in the process, which enriched Bangladesh’s position and leadership international-level climate negotiations and global climate discourse in the past. He also stressed the need to save natural resource while increasing national energy and power.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said that displaced persons from coastal and other areas are entering the cities, including Dhaka, every day. At least 58,000 people live per sq km in the city, he noted. Bangladesh alone can hardly tackle the climate crisis and it is also unfair as the problem has been created by developed countries, he added.###

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