An umbrella group of civil society organizations on Monday urged the government delegation to take a position for easy access to Green Climate Fund in the upcoming COP23 Bonn Climate Conference in view of Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate risks.
They also asked the Bangladesh delegation to play a transparent and coordinating role in COP23, scheduled to be held November 6-17 in Germany.
Eleven civil society organizations, including the likes of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, BRAC University, EquityBD and COAST, jointly made the call from a national seminar titled ‘COP23 Bonn Climate Conference: Expectations from CSOs in view of Implementing Paris Agreement’ held at National Press Club in Dhaka, said a press release.
Noted climate expert Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS, said, ‘We have been suffering and paying most despite not being responsible for climate change.’
He said the Paris Agreement has become ‘a loose agreement’ as the concept of ‘Common but Differentiated Responsibility’ was not applied.
He said Bangladesh should develop a special ministry so that it can continue chronology of global negotiations over climate change issues and get expected output over time.
Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on environment and forests ministry Hasan Mahmud urged developed countries to raise their ambition in respect of mitigation. He urged global CSOs to raise their voice in this regard.
Official coordinator of Bangladesh Government Climate Negotiation Team and also PKSF chairman Qazi Kholikuzzaman Ahmad said the GCF authority has been changing the rules and processes frequently bypassing the funding principles, which is a problem for most vulnerable countries.
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