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Dhaka Tribune

TIB urges govt to seek compensation for climate vulnerable countries

Update : 15 Oct 2015, 07:58 PM

Bangladesh must seek a legally binding treaty to ensure compensation for climate countries vulnerable to the impacts of climate change at the upcoming Paris climate summit, officials of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital’s Dhanmondi area, the TIB officials made 10 demands regarding distribution of climate change fund and urged the Bangladesh delegation set to attend the conference to take the demands into accounts when negotiating with developed countries.

The Conference of Parties (COP21), under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will be held at Paris from November 30 to December 11 this year. 

Addressing the press conference, TIB Senior Programme Officer Zakir Hossain Khan said there is no clause on the draft of Paris accord to specify whether the pledges made by the polluter countries are legally binding.

“According to United Nations Environment Programme, $150 billion is needed worldwide for climate change adaptation by 2025. But from 2010 to September 2015, industrialised countries have donated only $2.6 billion whereas it should have been $35 billion,” he said.

Bangladesh has been deprived of its share of the fund too, Zakir said. “Bangladesh needs around $40 billion to run adaptation programmes in the next 15 years, but until August this year, the country has received only $1.074 billion.”

He further said the draft mentions loans to be the source of climate fund, which would be a violation of the pledges made by the developed countries.

Another violation is investment of nearly $73 billion in coal-based industries by countries such as Japan, China, India, Russia and Australia, Zakir added.

Even Bangladesh is investing in the Rampal coal-based power plant, he said.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the government should reconsider its stance regarding Rampal and allow another environment assessment to be done by international experts.

“We do not want our government to be embarrassed about Rampal at the Paris summit,” he said.

The TIB demands also include leagally binding treaty among the richer countries to keep temperature rise under 2°C, continued allocation of development fund for sustainable development, inclusion of climate vulnerable communities in the adaptation programme, etc. 

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