Dhaka concerned over outcome of climate change conference
Bangladeshi climate network Monday expressed its frustration over the outcome of the recently held global climate change conference (COP-18) terming it 'more inactive and injustice for combating climate change.'
The platform of the country's seven organisations involved in climate activism highly emphasised on appropriating climate negotiation as a part of the country's foreign diplomacy.
Their comments were made at a press conference held at the National Press Club in the capital titled "Doha Gateway: In Between Life and Death" dedicated to the COP-18 that was held between November 26 and December 09 last in Doha, Qatar.
The network includes Bangladesh Poribesh Andoloan (BAPA), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN) under the Transparency International Bangladesh, Bangladesh Indigenous People's Network for Climate Change and Bio-Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB).
The activists and experts of the network termed the Doha Climate Conference outcome as 'climate injustice for climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh'. "It has also given developed countries opportunity to remain inactive considering finance transfer and carbon emission issues," they said.
NCCB coordinator Mizanur Rahman Bijoy presented the keynote which mentioned several fundamental weaknesses in Doha outcome.
The paper criticised the commitment by the developed countries to reduce carbon emission only by 18 per cent and termed it as unscientific as earlier commitment was to reduce carbon emission by 40-45 per cent from the 1990 level.
"It means the planet is, in fact, reaching an increase in temperature by 4 degree Celsius by the end of this century, which will bring a catastrophe beyond our imagination".
Climate specialist and executive director of Centre for Global Change (CGC) Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed mentioned the COP-18 as a tiger without nails and teeth.
Dr Ahsan emphasised on appropriation of proper climate adaptation programmes by Bangladesh with her own funds to avoid unnecessary interferences.
Published in The Financial Express.