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PM at COP25: Create framework to address needs of climate migrants

  • Published at 03:37 pm December 2nd, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the Action for Survival: Vulnerable Nations COP25 Leaders’ Summit, held at Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) in Madrid on Monday, December 2, 2019 Focus Bangla

Climate change is a stark reality for the world, the premier says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to initiate discussions about creating an appropriate framework to address the need of the climate migrants.

She made the remark while addressing the Action for Survival: Vulnerable Nations COP25 Leaders’ Summit, held at Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) in Madrid, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said: “We must appreciate that migration could be an effective adaptation strategy, as we focus on enhancing adaptation capacities of affected communities. Hence, relocation and protection of displaced people need due focus in global discourse to ensure their protection.

We also need to commence discussions about creating an appropriate framework to address the needs of people displaced due to climate change."

She said it is widely accepted that the gravest effect of climate change may be on human migration.

The premier continued that extreme weather events are already displacing many more people than violent conflicts. “We must work towards correcting this imbalance,” she added.

Pointing at the leaders of Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Sheikh Hasina said: “We now have a situation where the most vulnerable countries, which deserve the highest level of priority, are failing to access whatever support that is being realized.”

She said creation of a new CVF and V20 Trust Fund and possibility of having a new Special Rapporteur on climate change would be a great success.

Noting that CVF and V-20 are great examples of South-South and Triangular cooperation, the premier said: “We want to further build on the current accomplishments. The time is now to act as we are at the most important crossroad of human history confronting possibly the gravest global challenge of our time.”

She said climate change has now become an existential threat for every country, especially for the climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.

With more than 1.1 million Rohingyas from Myanmar causing all sorts of environmental havocs, Bangladesh already has the firsthand experience of the worst kind of environmental calamity, Sheikh Hasina said.

“We must therefore establish a set of criteria to prioritize vulnerable countries based on their risks, impacts, and lack of coping capacities.

We also want to keep the climate change support and the regular development finance strictly separate,” she added.

The premier further said major emitters show extreme reluctance on mitigation, which may wreck the international climate regime, and put the climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh at the risk of peril. She added:“Hence, we shouldn’t hesitate to demand accountability for inaction.”

“We are also looking towards the 2020 Climate Adaptation Summit in the Netherlands to strengthen our adaptation efforts. And Bangladesh is ready to take the responsibility of the Presidency of the Forum if the members kindly agree to honour us with this task,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

She also said climate change is a stark reality for the world. It has now caused irreversible damages to human life and environment, ecology and natural resources, she said.

Since the Earth Summit in 1992, it has not been able to secure much progress in the reduction of greenhouse gases and their emission is still on the rise, the premier said adding that this trend is now unsustainable for the Earth.

“We, the vulnerable countries, suffer the most due to our limited coping capacities and specific geographical features.

We are bearing the brunt of the damage though we made negligible or no contribution to the menace. This constitutes a serious injustice, and must be acknowledged by the global community,” said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Unfortunately, she said, the progress under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) process is very slow and largely inadequate.

There’s still hardly any move to support nationally determined adaption initiatives undertaken especially by our vulnerable countries, the premier added.

Different funds created for different purposes lack availability of the required capital, she pointed out.

“Often direct and easy access to funds, and technology along with conditions and criteria seem to favour mostly the countries that already have acquired greater capacities,” Sheikh Hasina told her audience.