Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has urged the government to raise a strong voice in the upcoming international climate conference to ensure more transparency and accountability in climate financing.
The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from today till the 12th of this month in Lima, the capital of Peru, with participation of government representatives, experts and civil society members of 195 countries.
Some guidelines should be formulated in the conference so that the developed countries donate “new” and “additional” money to different climate adaptation funds for most vulnerable countries to climate change like Bangladesh, demanded TIB.
The organisation placed the demands at a human chain at TSC of Dhaka University yesterday.
TIB also demanded that a separate department and body be formed so that climate funds can be properly managed and can be effectively utilised.
Other demands include ensuring participation of victims of climate change and civil society members in climate fund management so that more transparency and accountability can be ensured; ensuring necessary financing to rehabilitate refugees of climate change and initiating necessary mechanisms to eradicate poverty in underdeveloped countries that are most vulnerable to climate change.
Addressing the function, Transparency International Bangladesh Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the developed countries in the world have so far disbursed only around 8 percent of the money they had promised for the underdeveloped countries to address the adverse impacts of climate change.
He also demanded that the proposed coal-based power plant in Rampal be shifted to another area so that the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and the habitat of the Bengal Tiger, is not affected.
Addressing the function, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique emphasised conducting elaborate research by university teachers and experts to chalk out plans for addressing effects of climate change.
Dozens of YES (Youth Engagement and Supports) group members of TIB attended the function.
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