Dhaka, 7th November 2015. Today in a seminar title “Toward CoP 21 and A Tale from Climate Ground Zero” have been held in National Press club where Foreign Secretary Mr. Shahidul Haque stated that, it is not only in UNFCCC (United Nation Framework for Climate Change Conference) Paris climate conference, but all most all in UN and other global forums Bangladesh government is committed to promote Climate Displacement as a global development agenda. He also said the Bangladesh is going to lead GFMD (Global Forum on Migration and Development) which will be held in next year which is 110 state led process, where climate forced migration will be an important agenda.
The seminar was organized by COAST and EquityBD. COAST is a non government organization (NGO) working in coastal areas of Bangladesh, EquityBD is its program component for networking, campaign and advocacy. The seminar was Chaired by Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Chairman PKSF, moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury the Executive Director of COAST, Mr Shahidul Hague Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) attended as the Chief Guest, other speakers of the seminar were Dr Atiq Rahman BCAS / CANSA, Qumrul Islam Chowdhury FEJB and National Press Club, Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL, Dr Abdul Matin BAPA, and Syed Jahangir Masum of CDP. Sayed Aminul Haque of COAST / EquityBD has presented the key note presentation. Din Mohammed Shibly the Photographer also spoke on the occasion, the book has been published based on his last ten years observation photography from coastal area. The book has been published with the guidance and assistance from MoFA. The book has also been lunched in last 12th October in Geneva by Foreign Minister in a state led conference on climate displacement, as a part of government campaign on climate change in Bangladesh.
Dr 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, he said that international donors and developing countries pursuing Bangladesh to accept loan in climate adaptation which is injustice. Dr Atiq Rahman of CANSA / BCAS said that there are not much to be expected from Paris Climate Conference, but such a book and photography will have great impact among the mass people of developed countries. Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA demanded the Ministry of Forest and Environment must include civil societies in her delegation and must announce a coordinated and transparent process. Ziaul Haqu Mukta said that Bangladesh should demand an international court of justice on implementation of a legally binding 2nd Kyoto protocol, which should be a minimum expectation from Paris Climate Conference. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, moderator of the seminar mentioned that global mobilization for new UN protocol for climate forced migrants will be continued as Bangladesh alone cannot solve the problem.