Civil society calls for finalisation of Paris rulebook

FE ONLINE REPORT | Saturday, 23 October 2021

Stakeholders and civil society organisations have called for the finalisation of the Paris rulebook to make the Paris agreement functional in the upcoming COP-26 scheduled to be held in Glasgow city in Scotland.

Calling upon Bangladesh to lead in Glasgow, they also laid emphasis on setting an appropriate greenhouse gas emission reduction target to curb climate change.

Their call and remark were made at a roundtable titled ‘Pre-COP 26 National Dialogue: CSOs Concerns and Expectations’ in Dhaka on Saturday.

Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) arranged the discussion in association with COAST Foundation, CDP, CLEAN, RIB, SDS, CCDB, CANSA-BD, YPSA, BARCIK, and some other civil society and development partner organisations.

Md. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of CPRD, presented the keynote speech and chaired the discussion. Dharitri Sarker, Deputy Secretary of MoEFCC, Syed Jahangir Hasan Masum, Executive Director, Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Rabeya Begum, Executive Director, Shariatpur Development Society (SDS), among others, were present at the function.

Speaking at the function, Mr Shamsuddoha said some countries have already submitted their enhanced NDCs, but analysing those NDCs, it has become clear that even if those are fully implemented, the endeavor will fall short of the levels essentially required for limiting global warming to 1.5 even 2-degrees centigrade.

He also hopes COP-26 will prescribe a target for every country, saying that the developed countries are committed to giving USD100 billion to the green climate fund annually to address climate change, but they are not fulfilling their commitments.

Mr. Doha also said this USD100 billion financial flow has to continue until the year of 2025 and after 2025 new targets need to be fixed analyzing new circumstances.

In his speech, Mr. Dharitri Sarker said, the developed countries are pursuing the target of limiting global temperature rise to 2.0 degrees centigrade above the pre-industrial level, but the 6th assessment report of IPCC has confirmed the urgency of limiting the rise of global temperature to 2 degrees centigrade.

Mr. Aminul Haque, in his speech, warned the audience that from different sources it has been known that a number of developed countries are trying to alter the IPCC report in their favor, and these countries will stick to their heinous goal in this COP as well.

Mr. Jahangir highlighted that the overarching goal of the UNFCCC is limiting the global temperature rise by curbing anthropogenic emission of GHG i.e. mitigation actions.

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