rights-activists-worried-over-green-economyDhaka, Bangladesh – Rights activists at a seminar here on Monday expressed worries over 'Green Economy' as proposed by the developed countries in Durban, reports UNB.

They said the developed countries will transfer energy efficiency technology through their multinational companies in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and make huge money form the poor countries in the name of the green economy.

Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), a rights group network, and Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) jointly organised the seminar titled 'Durban (CoP-17) outcome and future negotiation Strategy for Bangladesh, Perspective Rio+20 and Sustainable development' at Dhaka Reporters Unity.

Chaired by chief Moderator of EquityBD Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, the seminar was addressed, among others, by member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forests Sohrab Ali Sana, MP, senior member of UNFCCC Negotiation Team Dr Ansarul Karim, additional secretary of Environment and Forests Dr Aparup Chowdhury and Asia Regional Policy Coordinator of Oxfam Ziaul Haque Mukta.

They said the future climate negotiation should be based on equity and justice and proposed the government to give emphasis on the concept of 'equity and justice' in respect of future climate meet.

Sohrab Ali said there should be a common national consensus to finalise strategies to face the adverse impacts of climate change.

Dr Aporup Chawdhury said Bangladesh government is going to organise workshops in divisional districts to collect public opinion to take preparation for the Rio+ 20 summit.

Dr Ansarul Karim said there should be some effective open debate and discussion on Bangladesh negotiation strategies. "This will strengthen negotiators' efforts in realising nation's interest."

Ziaul Haque said in respect of second commitment period of Keyoto Protocol, the level of ambition should be increased and the government should emphasise the approach so that all countries reduce emission.

He said the government must take new approach of Equity and Justice as developed and advance developing countries taking advance of proposing this.

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