bangladesh december 5DHAKA, DEC 4: Leaders of different Bangladeshi civil society organisations have urged the developed countries to take historical responsibilities of climate change and high level f carbon emission, says a press release issued by EquityBD from Doha, Qatar. Addressing a press conference on Monday at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), whereUNFCC CoP-18 Climate Conference is taking place, the speakers also called upon the developed countries to shun the differences among them and adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (KP) to be implemented from the 1st January next year.

Bangladeshi Civil Society Network comprising BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL, CFGN, EquityBD and NCCB organised the press conference.

The press conference was moderated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta while a key-note paper was read out by Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed. M Zakir Hossain Khan and Mizanur Rahman Bijoy, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Bangladeshi Civil Society Networks placed five-point demands including bringing back the countries again which had already pulled out from the board of Koyota Protocol. These countries are accountable for the one eighth of global green house gas emission. The demands also include considering equity demand of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) with a holistic approach of justice.

The other demands are, increasing public finance substantially with a clear road map during the period of 2013 to 2020 for the GCF and other funds, resolving technology transfer and intellectual property right issues for the interest of LDCs and taking action under Cancun Agreement framework including climate migrant issues, especially loss and damage discourse.

In his keynote paper, Ziaul Haque Mutka said, developed countries must strive to shun their differences rather than creating it, they must not create space to collapse multilateral system, which might create unexpected political and social implications.
Zakir Hossain Khan said, there must be transparency in funding, developed countries must commit to LDC's demand of $60 billion for the period of 2013 to 2015.
Mizanur Rahman Bijoy expressed concern on progress of loss and damage discourse in CoP 18 process. He urged the countries to include climate migrant issues and compensatory mechanism in the process. The interest of climate vulnerable countries must be upheld, he added.

Published in The Independent.