CoP 23 Bonn Climate Conference
Civil Society for easy access to Green Climate Fund
Published : Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 369
Eleven Civil Society Organizations (CSO) has asked for a transparent and coordinative government role from the government delegation in the upcoming Bonn climate conference in November. The CSOs also requested to take a firm position to easily access the GCF (Green Climate Fund) as Most Vulnerable Country to climate change (MVC).
They made this demand at a national seminar titled "CoP 23 Bonn Climate Conference: Expectation from CSOs in view of Implementing Paris Agreement" held at the National Press Club.
The seminar was jointly organized by BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, BCJF, CSRL, CDP, CPRD, Brac University, BCAS, ICCCAD, COAST and EquityBD.
The seminar was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and the key note was presented by Syed Aminul Hoque from the same organization.
Dr. Qazi Kholikuzzaman, Chairman-PKF and official Coordinator of Bangladesh Government Climate Negotiation Team had chaired the seminar. Dr. Hasan Mahmud MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoE&F) had participated as the chief guest. Among other speakers, Dr. Atiq Rahman of BCAS, Md. Raseduzzaman, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Mr. Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of FEJB (Forum of Environmental Journalist in Bangladesh), Mr. Tanvir Mahmud from British Council, Mr. Prodip K Roy from CSRL (Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihood) spoke at the seminar.
In his key note presentation Aminul Hoque said that Bangladesh frequently suffers from the adverse effects of climate change. It also gets little support from the developed countries and different multilateral funds against repeated pledges made by developed countries and fund organisers from different climate conferences.
He made four key demands, which are - developed countries must increase their respective targets based on science toward reducing global warming, ensure easier access to GCF for most vulnerable countries without any condition of co-financing, include new text on "Country goal on Adaptation" in the place of global goal of adaptation and Include climate migration issues in the process of Loss & Damage work stream.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud said that the global temperature may go up to more than 3 degrees centigrade if the present INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution), which is in fact not at all sufficient to save mother earth. He urged developed countries to raise their limits in terms of mitigation. He urged global CSOs to raise voice in this regard.
Dr. Qazi Kholikuzzaman said that GCF has been changing their rules & processes by frequently bypassing their funding principle which has become a problem for MVCs to access funds. Accessing GCF is very complicated and we ofcourse take position on this issue in CoP 23. He also said that Bangladesh should put stress to implement the commitment made by the developed countries in the Paris Agreement (PA).
Dr. Atiq Rahaman said that we have been suffering and paying the most despite quick changing of our climate. PA has become a loose agreement as there CBDR policy (Common but Differentiate Responsibility) has not included. He urged to focus on the country's interest.