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Friday, 25 April 2008

Developed countries must fund Bangladesh with grants to enable it to bear expenditures of mitigation and adaptation works in facing the future natural calamities as consequences of global climate change, speakers at a discussion said Wednesday, reports UNB.

They said Bangladesh would not compromise to realizing the fund from the developed world as global warming is increasing alarmingly due to uncontrolled industrialization in those countries.

Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) and People Empowerment Trust (PET) jointly arranged the discussion at Sonargaon Hotel, which was attended by government high-ups, former ministers, NGO personnel, scientists and researchers.

Addressing the discussion as chief guest, Chief Adviser''s Special Assistant for Environment and Forest Raja Devasish Roy said: "We will not approach the developed countries with a `begging bowl'' for financial help.

It''s our right to get the fund." He added: "Developed countries are responsible for the global warming, but Bangladesh has become the worst victim of climate change."

Former Agriculture Minister MK Anwar, Awami League presidium member Suranjit Sen Gupta, former Jatiya Party MP GM Kader, economist Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud and Environment and Forest secretary Rezaul Kabir, among others, addressed the function with CSRL chairman Khushi Kabir in the chair.

Researcher Ziaul Haq Mukta presented the keynote paper at the discussion. Developed countries, including USA, Britain, Japan, Netherlands and Denmark, and developing agencies -- World Bank and Asian Development Bank -- at the ''Bangladesh-UK Conference on Climate Change'' in Dhaka on March 25 this year promised to help Bangladesh financially for mitigation of greenhouse gas and adaptation to climate change. The development partners at the meeting had said they would work jointly to create a ''Multi Donor Trust Fund'' for Bangladesh. Another similar meeting titled `Climate Change: Bangladesh Facing the Challenges'' will be held in London next June where Bangladesh will reiterate its demand for compensation to face the challenges of global climate change.

Raja Devasish Roy said Bangladesh plans to do two things at the London meeting - present how the country was falling a victim of climate change and press for necessary fund for facing the challenges in future. He, however, expressed doubts whether the donors would keep their promise to fund Bangladesh. "Bangladesh has the right and also the scope to get funds, but past experiences make me skeptical about the donors'' delivery," he said.

CA''s special assistant also suggested formation of a national committee at the level of Prime Minister to monitor the coordinated efforts taken against the future impacts of global warming in Bangladesh.

Researcher Ziaul Haq Mukta in his paper said if global warming continues to increase at the present rate, some 30 million (three crore) people of Bangladesh would become `climate refugee'' in near future.

He said that highly industrialized countries are supposed to compensate the least industrialized ones according to Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement signed among the UN member countries in line with the International Framework Convention on Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases. But the United States has not yet signed the agreement that expires in 2012.

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