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Climate advocacy networks question success of COP25

FE REPORT | January 05, 2020 00:00:00

Climate advocacy networks criticised the outcome of COP25 as negotiation for the vulnerable countries to fight climate change effects was frustrating at the UN climate conference in Madrid of Spain.

The civil society climate advocacy networks observed that the COP25 failed to gain trust of the MVCs (Most Vulnerable Countries) and LDCs (Least Developed Countries); rather they worked to serve the polluters' interest.

Their observations came at a press conference on Saturday titled "Madrid Climate Conference and Civil Society's Observations" moderated by M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Trust and Equity BD.

Besides, they made recommendations to the Bangladesh government to lead the CVF (Climate Vulnerable Forum) in the next climate conference in Glasgow in December this year, as the Bangladesh Prime Minister has been elected 'chair' of the CVF recently.

They also opined that the government needs to set the climate change strategies (Especially adaptation strategies) with its own capacity and resources.

In the keynote presentation, Aminul Hoque from COAST Trust said the negotiation in COP25 was the longest in history, but ended with a deadlock and disappointment over most of the important issues.

The major co2 emitters broke their promises for long term financing to fight climate change impacts that was much expected by MVCs and LDCs.

Furthermore, finalisation of the Paris agreement Rulebook was yet to be completed, he added.

Dr Atiq Rahaman of BCAS (Bangladesh Centre for Advance Study) said politics and fossil-fuel interests are taking place above people and the planet.

These, mainly played by the United States, Japan, Australia and Brazil, once again exposed their lack of goodwill to save the vulnerable.

Md Ziaul Hoque Mukta from CSRL (Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood) said, "Due to connivance between some rich and advance developing countries, we have loosed the CBDR (Common but Differentiated Responsibilities) principle in Paris Agreement (PA) which has weakened the negotiation capacity of the MVCs.

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