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Civil Society for global action on climate-displacement

| Updated: April 18, 2021 16:32:16


Civil Society for global action on climate-displacement

Civil Society on Saturday urged the government to raise the demand for a precise global action to address the climate-displacement in the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit on climate.

They at a virtual seminar titled “Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change and Civil Society Expectations” also urged the Bangladesh government to take a position on 1.5 degree Celsius as the target limit in global warming.

The event was organised by COAST Foundation, Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), CLEAN-BD (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network), BIPNet-CCBD (Bangladesh Indigenous People Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity) and CPRD (Centre for Participatory Research and Development).

They urged the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to speak for a “Global Regime on Climate Displacement” in the upcoming US president hosted Leaders’ Summit on Climate to be held in April this year.

The virtual seminar was chaired by Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of PKSF (Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation) while Saber Hossain Chowdhury, the chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change was present as the chief guest.

In a keynote presentation, Syed Aminul Hoque from COAST said that the US indeed has to show the best example on climate action, especially reducing GHG (GreenHouse Gases) emission, financing to the MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) adaptation and mitigation efforts to take global leadership.

Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said that as the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Chair, Bangladesh will address their climate vulnerabilities in the upcoming Leaders’ Summit.

And, we should claim finance and technologies for adaptation, he added.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury said the Biden summit is an acid test for us to facilitate multilateralism in climate action. And, thus we should take a position for a 1.5 degree temperature cap for the US and other big emitters and it should be under a specific target of action by 2030.

Dr Ainun Nishat opined that Bangladesh may not benefit from dealing with the market mechanism under the Paris Agreement on climate, rather we give attention to finance and climate migration as the US has taken the migration issue seriously.

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