bangladesh june 15 2013Seven civil society groups on Saturday called for fairness and effectiveness of Green Climate Fund (GCF) after presenting 11-point demand in a press conference at the National Press Club, reports UNB.

Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Climate Finance Gover-nance Network (CFGN), Coastal Livelihood Ecology and Adaptation Network (CLEAN), Equity and Justice Working Group (EquityBD), Humanity-watch and Network on Climate Change-Bangla-desh (NCC-B) jointly arra-nged the press conference.

Mostafa Kamal Akand of EquityBD moderated the press conference while Nuzhat Imam of CSRL, Mohua Rouf of CFGN and Sharifuzzaman Sharif of Nagorik Sanghati addressed the programme. The chief executive of Humanity watch Hasan Mehedi read out the written speech before the press.

The groups informed that Green Climate fund (GCF) is still ineffective after three years of its formation in 2010 and yet to assist the vulnerable countries.
Negligence of Annex-1 countries is mainly responsible for this stranding situation as they pledged 30 billion dollar as First Start Finance (FSF) in 2010-12 period but provided only 5.7 million USD.

It is agreed that all climate finances will be 'New and Additional' but now the Annex-1 countries are trying to add their Official Development Assistances and other bilateral funds in the GCF.

The speakers demanded cancellation of World Bank as Trustee of GCF because it spent more than 24.5 percent money of GCF just for their office expense while the money was only for the poor and affected people of the vulnerable countries.

The group leaders said in the press conference that, according to all the official reports on Climate Change, including UN one, Bangladesh is one of the worst affected country but they made Bangladesh and alternative member of Zambia in the stiring committee of Green Climate Fund.

They mentioned that it is the diplomatic failure of the government of Bangla-desh and if Bangladesh fails to establish professionalism, transpa-rency and accountability in international level and to end corruption it will be hard for Bangladesh to take lead in this sector in future.

The speakers also urge the GCF to be activated by the upcoming meeting in Korea during 26-28 June, 2013.

Published in The News Today.