Civil society organisations slam COP24 negotiations

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 00:06, Dec 25,2018 | Updated: 02:26, Dec 25,2018


Several NGOs, including CSRL, hold a news conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday to disclose their position on recently held Global Climate Action Summit. — New Age photo

Representatives of civil society organisations on Monday criticised the outcome of the global climate change negotiation in Poland’s Katwice, calling it frustrating.
They also slammed the proposed ‘Paris Rulebook’ that ignored interests of the most vulnerable countries.
The day’s press conference at the Jatiya Press Club was moderated by M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD.
Syed Aminul Hoque from the organisation presented the keynote paper.
Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of Federation of Environmental Journalist in Bangladesh, Md Shamsuddoha of Centre for Participatory Research and Development, and Badrul Alam of Banglaesh Krishak Federation, among others, spoke in the event.
Aminul said that there was hardly any particular text in the proposed Paris Rulebook on financial commitment, technology and capacity building issues for vulnerable countries.
He criticised the developed countries for going back on their commitments.
Shamsuddoha said that the refusal of the developed countries to accept the IPCC report would seriously hamper the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which would further aggravate the suffering of the most vulnerable countries.
Rezaul Karim said that Bangladesh needed to continue to raise its voice on the climate change issue. He also advocated for setting up a climate commission.
Badrul Alam said that the developed countries had successfully moved away from their promise to create a $100 billion climate fund.
‘They have started dillydallying about their promises of financial aid after 2025. The most vulnerable countries now have no option to raise their voices about historical responsibility and damages,’ he said.

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