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Speakers: Fossil-fuel giants suppressed human rights, justice principles at COP27

The core discussion was contributed by a number of government officials, climate change and policy experts, and CSO leaders

Update : 29 Dec 2022, 10:18 PM

Speakers at a roundtable discussed that fossil-fuel giants suppressed principles of human rights and justice at the COP27. 

They spoke at a roundtable discussion titled “Climate Diplomacy at COP 27: Whether shine is overshadowed by corporate interest” organized by the Centre for Participatory Research and Development – CPRD and other partner civil society organizations (CSOs) on Thursday. 

In the round table discussion Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP and chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoEFCC, was present as the chief guest.

Md Shamsuddoha, CPRD's chief executive, facilitated the entire discussion and presented the keynote of the event. 

The core discussion was contributed by a number of government officials, climate change and policy experts, and CSO leaders, including Dr Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, deputy managing director of PKSF, Md Ziaul Haque, director of the Department of Environment, and Dharitri Kumar Sarkar, deputy secretary, MoEFCC. 

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, said: “The hope with which we started the COPs has not been fully realised yet and it is frustrating to some extent. However, we cannot come out of this framework because there is no alternative. We have to stay within the process and try to reflect our demands in the decisions of the COP.”

“Besides the global initiatives to combat climate change, we also have to take into account the internal situation of our country. If we do not consider a holistic approach the situation will not change. The current impact of climate change that Bangladesh is experiencing is due to a 1.2 degrees Celsius rise in global mean temperature, but the consequences can be 2-4 fold if the temperature rises to 2-2.2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial level,” he added.

The MP further said: "We can't talk about nature-based solutions at global platforms while brickfields and tannery industries keep polluting our country's environment. It would be double- standard to do so."

As the keynote speaker Md Shamsuddoha said: “The developed countries are yet to implement their duties and responsibilities in staving off climate change. COP27 was termed as ‘Implementation COP'. We expected and also raised our voice on behalf of CSOs at COP27 to the effect that an official loss and damage mechanism for compensating climate induced loss and damage potentially affecting different regions and countries should be formed, and also of boosting the low flow of climate financing which has stemmed from the urgency for reducing the ever-increasing adaptation gap.” 

Dr Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, deputy manging director of PKSF, in his speech noted: “We came to understand a lot about COP from today's discussion. We know that the UN process is slow but there is no alternative way. Rather we have to think about ways to pace it out. We have to be careful about not only the quantity but also the quality of  loss and damage financing.”

 Ziaul Haque thanked the organizers at the outset and said that although there is disappointment among many about the 27th Conference of Parties, it would not be right to underestimate the achievements of the conference. “The creation of loss and damage finance fund is a great achievement for us,” he added.

Dharitri Kumar Sarkar, deputy secretary, MoEFCC emphasized in his speech that in Bangladesh most attention has to be paid to adaptation due to its geographical position. ‘Recently Bangladesh has achieved some remarkable progress in early warning systems and we hope that in future there will be more achievement in terms of early warning alongside adaptation. Civil society, policymakers, government and non-government organizations must work together to combat the impacts of climate change.'

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