A 3-day South Asian meeting of civil society and parliamentarians on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and climate change has kicked off on Friday at Kathmandu in Nepal.
Parliamentarians from different countries and civil society leaders from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are participating in the meeting. The inauguration session was chaired by Dr Hasan Mahmud, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment and Forest.
Hasan mentioned that South Asian civil society has to work with politicians so that South Asian especially LDC's (least developed countries) voice have to be louder before the Paris Climate Conference.
Hasan gave importance to the interaction of the civil society and politicians. He gave examples on how inter-country cooperation among South Asian countries can solve energy scarcity in the region. He mentioned how Bhutan has increased per capita income to $ 4,000 through exporting hydro electricity to India.
He also mentioned the impact of climate change on LDC country like Bangladesh.
Hasan urged civil societies to work with politicians so that South Asian and LDC voice can be heard louder in Paris Climate Conference.