Paris 4th December: Today in media centre of UNFCCC Paris Climate Conference, civil societies representing MVC (most vulnerable countries) and LDC (least developed countries) in a press conference said that Climate deal must be with 1.5 degree Celsius and with an institutional mechanism to address loss and damages. The press conference was moderated by Mr. Mrinal Kanti Tripura of BIPNetCCBD, key note presentation paper was read out by Ms. Sharmind Neelormi of CSRL, other speakers of the press conference were Ms. Tettet Lauron from Ibon International of Philippines, Mr Shamsuddoha of CPRD and Mr. Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB. The press conference was jointly organized by CSRL, BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, BCCJF, CCDF, CCDB, CDP, EquityBD and EFJB of Bangladesh participating in Paris Climate Conference.
On behalf of the group Mr. Sharmind Neelormi read out the position paper on demands, which are (i) an agreement must have to be legally binding, (ii) temperature limit must be set to 1.5 degree Celsius for survival, and (iii) institutional or internal mechanism for loss and damage, especially there must be replacement of Cancun Agreement Article 14 f ie, inclusion of issues related to climate induced migration, which is absent in draft agreement circulated so far in Paris.
Mr. Shamsuddoha reiterated position on Developed countries must fulfill their commitment on financing annually $ 100 billion from 2020, and there must be a road map on finance for the pre 2020 period too. He explains that it is easily possible if developed countries reduce their arms and war budget.
Tettet Lauren said that developed countries must take historical responsibility for their carbon emission in past and plundering of resources through colonialism and new liberal policies at the moment; she further said that developed countries must have to pay the climate debt.
Mizanur Rahamn Bijoy of NCCB said that there must be inclusion of climate migration issue in the loss and damage discourse, most vulnerable countries should not agree with any deal without institutional mechanism for addressing loss and damage.
23 November, 2015. CSRL and other Seven civil society climate networks in a joint press conference title “Bangladesh Must Take Position for a legally Binding Agreement in Paris Climate Conference” have placed seven points demand that Bangladesh government delegation take position in Paris climate conference, they have also express concern inclusiveness and transparency of the Bangladesh delegation. They have demand direct Prime Minister (PM) involvement in this regard, although she has dropped the plan to join Paris Conference. The annual UNFCCC (United Nation Framework for Climate Change Conference) Conference of Parties (CoP) 21 will be held in Paris from 29th November to 11th December, where state parties suppose to sign a climate deal which will be implemented from the year 2020 as agreed earlier.
The press conference was organized by Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCCJF), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Forum on Environmental Journalist in Bangladesh (FEJB). The press conference was assisted by Oxfam and Act Alliance through CCDB (Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh).
The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, on behalf of the group written key demand has been explained by Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL, other speakers of press conference was Dr Sharmind Neelormi of CSRL, Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB, Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA, Md Kamruzzaman of CCDB and Act Alliance, and Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust. Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL explained the seven points demand which are (I) a legally binding agreement and a international court on climate justice, (ii) Setting targets and thereby country commitment to limit global temperature limit to 1.5 degree Celsius by the year 2050, (iii) Setting pick year of highest emissions following common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capacities (CBDRRC), (iv) an agreement on climate forced migrants in view of Cancun agreement clause 14 f. (v) an institutional mechanism in respect of loss and damage by 2016, (vi) ensuring intellectual property right free and gender sensitive technology transfer to climate vulnerable countries (CVC) and (vii) ensuring accountability of Green Climate Fund (GCF) with funding to CVCs free from loan condition etc.
Dr Sharmind Neelormi of CSRL expressed concern on Bangladesh delegation formation since last two year who has hardly composed of informed expert from civil societies which was in fact tradition and strength in last one decade. Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA mentioned that present delegation has every chance to give walkover to the interest of developed countries. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB demands that although Prime Minister is not going but she must control over this delegation. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury demanded that government delegation must declare in public on what is their position and what will be coordination mechanism in Paris.
The citizen’s condolence program of Late Dr. C S Karim, Former Advisor of Caretaker Government of Bangladesh & President of Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) has been held in the press conference lounge on 26 November 2015. The family members, well-wishers and CHRS family were present and remembered their appreciative memory with Late Dr. C S Karim. The condolence program was moderated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, Vice- President of CSRL.