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Thrust on transparency, accountability in Paris agreement rulebook

Published : Thursday, 9 November, 2017 at 12:00 AM  Count : 337

Conference of the Parties of COP-23 Global Climate Negotiation in Bonn and Civil Society leaders of South Asia have demanded development of the Paris Agreement Rulebook on the basis of Inclusive, Participatory, Transparent and an Accountable Mechanism, a press release says.
The demand came at a joint press conference titled "MVC and LDC's Peoples' Interest and COP 23" was held at the meeting room 02 in Bonn climate conference center where representatives of different CSOs and leaders like Santosh Patnaik (Climate Action Network-South Asia) from India, Md. Jahangir Hossen Masum (Coastal Development Partnership) and Md. Ziaul Hoque Mukta (Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihood) from Bangladesh and Hemantha Withanage (Center for Environmental Justice) from Sri Lanka have participated in the dialogue. The key demand was presented by Aminul Hoque (EquityBD) from Bangladesh.
While placing the key demand, Aminul Hoque said, due to inaction of global leaders to climate change issues, global warming has already reached more than 0.85 degree Celsius which is worsening the climate change scenario, increasing global inequalities and further distorting our livelihood economies in MVC and LDCs.
So that the ongoing discourse on "Paris implementing rulebook" must comply with lowering global warming.
 Developed countries must step forward to operationalise the UNFCCC's equity principles (Paris Agreement Clause 3), and fast-track the process of five-yearly global stock takes. The countries must also encourage and ensure effective driving to increase mitigation, adaptation and financial support for LDC and MVCs.
Md. Masum said, we are in fact worried about the preparation of Rulebook because many development agencies and countries have been developing their rulebook in light of the Paris Agreement.
 So we urge that Paris Rulebook is for people not just a paper on mitigation, finance etc. and that's why it must be developed in the light of an Inclusive, Participatory and Transparent methodology.
Santosh Kumar said that, South Asian countries are on the firing line of climate vulnerability. This is the real issue that needs to be addressed in a wider wscope in the upcoming CoP negotiation.
Hemantha Withanage said that, it is necessary to repeatedly remind the develop countries that they have an obligation to put adequate resources in climate financing. Report says that by 2020, climate financing will require US$ 50 billion and by 2030 will need more than 100 billion/yr, but this money is not coming and people are suffering.
That's why countries have to make a big budget to cope with disaster management.
 So developed countries should be accountable to appropriately finance the crucial climate issues, rather than focus on petty interests.
In moderating the press conference, Ziaul Haque Mukta said that though we are a signatory of the Paris Agreement but we are not satisfied with the outcome.
However, we hope to see the rulebook to serve the needs of the firsthand sufferers and victims of climate change.more cop news on page 10





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