‘Bangladesh to promote climate displacement as global dev agenda’

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Bangladesh government is committed to promoting ‘climate displacement’ as a global development agenda in all international and UN forums, including at the Paris climate conference, said foreign secretary Shahidul Haque on Saturday.
He also said Bangladesh is going to lead Global Forum on Migration and Development which is a 110-state-led process, where climate forced migration will be an important agenda.
The foreign secretary was addressing a seminar titled ‘Toward CoP 21 and A Tale from Climate Ground Zero’ held at the Jatiya Press Club.
The seminar was organised by COAST, a non-government organisation working in Bangladesh’s coastal areas, and EquityBD, a programme component for networking, campaign and advocacy.
PKSF chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman presided over the seminar while executive director of COAST Rezaul Karim Chowdhury moderated it.
Climate expert Atiq Rahman, press club general secretary Qumrul Islam Chowdhury, Ziaul Haque Mukta, Abdul Matin and Syed Jahangir Masum also addressed the programme.
Sayed Aminul Haque of COAST/EquityBD presented the keynote presentation. Din Mohammed Shibly, a photographer, also spoke on the occasion.
The foreign secretary said the civil society is playing a very strong role in climate-related movements, and hoped that the trend will continue.
A book titled ‘A Tale from Climate Ground Zero’ was also unveiled at the seminar. The book has been published based on Shibly’s last 10 years’ observation photography from coastal areas.
The book was earlier lunched in Geneva on October 12 by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali in a state-led conference on climate displacement, as part of government campaign on climate change in Bangladesh.
Qazi Kholiquzzaman mentioned that Bangladesh has the best example of civil society and government coordination in international climate negotiation, which will continue this year too in Paris.
Atiq Rahman said there is not much to be expected from Paris climate conference, but such a book and photography will cast a great impact on the mass people of developed countries.
Abdul Matin said the ministry of forest and environment must include civil society in her delegation and must announce a coordinated and transparent process.
Ziaul Haqu Mukta said Bangladesh should demand an international court of justice on implementation of a legally-binding second Kyoto protocol, which should be a minimum expectation from Paris climate conference.
Moderator of the seminar Rezaul Karim Chowdhury mentioned that global mobilisation for new UN protocol for climate forced migrants will be continued as Bangladesh alone cannot solve the problem.

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