Published:  12:00 AM, 29 November 2016

Independent climate change commission is imperative

Activists demand to address challenges

Civil society activists have expressed frustration over the outcomes of the Marrakech Climate Conference claiming that the conference failed to fulfill needs of the least developed and most vulnerable countries.

According to them, the issue and negotiations should not be handled by the ministries of environment and forest, rather it has to be handled by an independent climate change commission.

They made the call while addressing a press conference at Jatiya Press Club yesterday.  Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBd moderated the press conference while Mustafa Kamal Akand gave the welcome speech.
Qumrul Chowdhury, Syad Aminul Haque, Pradip Kumar Roy and Mujibul Haque Munir also spoke at the occasion.  "Climate change is a national issue. But we don't see any interest in this regard among the political parties.

We think the national negotiation team should be consisted of representatives from different political parties in and out of power," said Syaed Aminul Haque.

Mujibul Haque Munir expressed disappointment and noted, "We severely witnessed poor outcomes of this climate conference since ignorance and avoiding tendency of the rich countries to the climate vulnerable countries." Rich countries did not provide any clear roadmap about funding 100 billion dollar yearly, he opined adding, "They did not agree on providing fund under the loss and damage issue.

Only a commitment of 81 million dollar for the adaptation fund has been made in CoP22."Such stances of the rich countries were termed "Climate Genocide" in the less developed and most vulnerable countries. 

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