Speakers have opined that joint participation of the government’s representatives and civil society members in the forthcoming COP 23 is a must to effectively tackle global warming and climate change.
They made the remark at a workshop on “the role of civil society in climate change mitigation” at the Daily Star Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Golam Motasim Billah, interim country director of Islamic Relief, Bangladesh (IRB) delivered his welcome speech at the programme chaired by Dr Atiq Rahman, executive director of Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS).
Atiq in his address said that united and combined participation of the government and civil society members in the COP-23 would play a vital part in implementing the Paris climate accord and protecting Bangladesh’s interests.
The 23rd Conference of Parties under the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin in Bonn, Germany on November 6 and will continue until 17.
Motasim said Bangladesh needs to play leadership role in facilitating access by the most vulnerable countries to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
“In the COP 23, importance should be given to how Bangladesh can engage in an adaptation process and access the GCF,” he said.
Monirul Islam, programme manager at IRB; Md Golam Rabbani, fellow at BCAS; Tanjir Hossain, managing director of climate justice department at Action Aid Bangladesh; Shashanka Sadi, chief of emergency response programme at Brac International and Hamidur Rahman, representative of National Climate Change Network, attended the programme.
When presenting the findings of a research on “State of Access To Climate Finance in Bangladesh,” BCAS Fellow Rabbani said the government had invested seven to 11 billion dollars in the last six years in different programmes related to climate change with $1.1 billion to $1.8 billion invested each year.
The country has so far received around $1.03 billion from donor organisations, he said adding that the amount received was extremely inadequate for Bangladesh to deal with climate change and resultant effects.
“Bangladesh requires five billion dollars each year to tackle climate change effects in major sectors including agriculture and water,” Rabbani added.
The speakers said the COP 23 would focus on a wide range of issues including increasing mitigation and adaptation capacity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and climate finance and technology.