Campaign for Transparency and Accountability in International and National Climate Finance: Focus on COP18
To ensure transparency and accountability in international and national climate finance and its effective utilization TIB has been engaged in multi-faceted advocacy actions in coordination with several national and international CSOs focusing on COP18.
During COP18, at Doha
Press conference on Shun Differences, Adopt Second Kyoto Protocol
A statement was presented on view of the perspective of Climate Vulnerable Country (CVC)’s interest in press conference. In the statement, the alliance has placed major demands to the developed counties, (i) countries who has already pulled out, should brought in the board of KP, now KP cover mere one eight of global green house gas emission, (ii) BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) country must consider their equity demand should comply holistic approach of justice, (iii) Increasing of public finance substantially with a clear road map for the period of 2013 to 2020 for the GCF (Green Climate Fund) and other fund, so that it will reach $ 100 per billion per year from 2020, (iv) resolving technology transfer and intellectual property right issues for the interest of LDCs and (v) take action under Cancun Agreement framework in including climate migrants issues, especially in Loss and Damage discourse.
The press conference was moderated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, key note paper was read out by Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, and other speakers are M Zakir Hossain Khan and Mizanur Rahman Bijoy.
Press conference on No Doha Deal means Accepting Climate Genocide in Poor Countries
Bangladeshi CSO climate networks namely BAPA, BIPNet, CCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB conducted a press conference in QNCC, Doha on 6 December 2012. In press conference, thegroup’s presented a press statement title “Polluters, You Can Not Eat Money”. In the statement the group condemned the selfish attitude of developed countries, who repeatedly failed to fulfill commitment. They urged that there should not be any adhoc approach of financing for the period of 2013 to 2020. The group has also urged for decision on drastic emission cut following science based forecast and with the principles of equity and justice, common but differentiate responsibilities and capabilities, not only applicable to developed countries only, should also be applicable to advance developed country too, e.g., to the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
Side event on Safeguarding the Socioeconomic Benefits of Sustainable Forest Management and Other Climate Finance
A side event was arranged by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation (EQPF) on 6 December 2012 at QNCC.
During discussions, participants considered: the problems presented by leakage; forest governance policies that prioritize fee-collection, not conservation; government coordination of forestry policy; formalization of local community actions to enhance landslide prevention in mountain areas; “tree calculators” to evaluate the importance and function forests; and emissions from extractive industries. Particularly Zakir Hossain Khan, Transparency International, Bangladesh, outlined two case studies that illustrated the complexity of climate finance, stressing the importance of tracking financial flows. He also highlighted the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund, which is fully funded by the government, and the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund, through which international climate change financing is channeled. He emphasized on better coordination; inadequate more disclosure of funding channels to communities; and poor information to the communities about funding approval including finance mechanism international and local level.
National Events pre COP 18
Press Conference on “COP18 Doha Climate Conference”: On 20th November 2012 Transparency International Bangladesh(TIB) have organized a press conference on “COP18 Doha Climate Conference” at CIRDAP auditorium, Dhaka chaired by the Executive Director of TIB Dr. Iftekharuzzaman. Among others the staff members of TIB and CFGN members were also presented. M. Zakir Hossain Khan, Project Coordinator of CFG read out the concept paper of the press conference.
Seminar on “Climate induced migrants: Adaptation and National Policy”
On 12th November 2012 a seminar on “Climate induced migrants: Adaptation and National Policy” have been held in National Press Club, Dhaka. Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Honorable Minister of Ministry of Environment and Forest has been joined the program as chief guest. Among others there were the members of COP18 alliances, members of other civil society organizations and media. In this program different issues related to climate induced migrants have been discussed and emphasis have also been given to include the climate induced migrants issues in National position paper of Government on COP18.
Seminar on “COP18 Doha Climate Conference: Expectations from Bangladesh perspective: Equity with Justice: Climate vulnerable countries interest”
On 16th November 2012 a seminar on “COP18 Doha Climate Conference: Expectations from Bangladesh perspective: Equity with Justice: Climate vulnerable countries interest” have been held in National Press Club, Dhaka. The official chief of government negotiation team Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed, Deputy Secretary of MoEF, Dr. Monzurul Hannan Khan and Qumrul Islam Chowhdury of FEJB, Friend of the chair in LDC group has participated as speakers. Among others, the members of the alliance, civil society members and media were also presented in this seminar. Through this seminar the alliance have discussed what the position of Bangladesh should be in COP 18 and also raised their demands before the members of negotiation team on behalf of Bangladesh.
Rally focusing on COP18
On 22nd November 2012 TIB and CFGN have organized a rally with the COP18 alliance members, starting in front of National Press club and ended up at Central Shahid Minar, Dhaka. The Executive Director of TIB Dr. Iftekharuzzaman inaugurated the rally. Including the alliance members students of different schools and universities have also participated in this rally.
The demands raised through the rally were “To ensure equity and justice for the climate vulnerable countries” “Immediate release of Climate Fund”, “To ensure transparency and accountability in international and national climate finance governance” “Ensuring the rights of Climate induced migrants in Bangladesh” etc.
Press Conference on “ Doha Gate Way : Life and Death Situation”
Seven civil society networks in a press conference has termed the Doha climate conference outcome in fact is for climate injustice toward climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh and developed countries has got scope to do inaction in respect of finance and carbon emission. The press conference title “ Doha Gate Way : Life and Death Situation” has been organized by seven Bangladeshi civil society networks namely Bangladesh Poribesh Andoloan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People Network for Climate Change and Bio Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB). The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, written press statement as read out by Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB, other speakers are Dr. Ahsanuddin Ahmed of CGC/CSRL, Zakir Hossain Khan of CFGN, Mrinal Tripura of BIPNet, CCBD, Golam Mortoza Editor Shaptahik and Qumrul Islam Chowdhury of EJFB.
Regional Level Program
During 11th November- 15th November five CsoPs of CFGN with the other networks have celebrated climate justice week through media stunts, human chain, press conference etc.
- দোহা জলবায়ু সম্মেলন বাস্তবতার দিক
- Update on COP18 from Doha [28-11-2012]
- Updates on COP18 from Doha [Date: 26-11-2012]
- CoP18 Doha Climate Conference and Reality