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Bangladesh Government and its Bi-Lateral and Multi-Lateral Development Partners met at Dhaka on 15-16 February 2010. Targeting the meet, 21 Citizen Organisations oranised a human chain at front of National Press Club, Dhaka on 15-16 February 2010, demanding Climate Debt, Transparency and accountaility in Public Financing and Soveriegn Development National Policy.

 
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Rich countries urged to pay carbon debt
Staff Correspondent, The Daily Star, 16 February 2010
Different development organisations form a human chain in the city yesterday demanding the rich countries pay carbon debt. Photo: STAR

Speakers at a human chain yesterday called on the developed countries and donors to pay carbon debt to Bangladesh since the country is the worst sufferer of the impacts of climate change.

As climate change is the result of high carbon emission by the developed countries, they should pay the compensation, they added.

A total of 21 development organisations formed the human chain in front of the National Press Club ahead of the meeting of the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF), which began yesterday, says a press release.

The organisations include Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), AMKS, Bangladesh Krishak Federation, CSRL, MFTD, RCSV, Sirajganj Flood Forum, Online Knowledge Centre, Solidarity Workshop, VOICE, etc.

Another protest rally was also held in front of the DFID office in London the same day.

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CSOs urge developed nations to compensate carbon debt
 

CSO members formed a human chain in front of
National Press Club yesterday pressing for quick carbon debt
compensation. NN photo

Staff Reporter, The New Nation, 16 February 2010

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) called upon the developed country representatives and donors, who are participating in Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF), to pay their carbon debt as compensation.

A total of 21 CSOs yesterday formed a rally and human chain programme in front of National Press Club.

A two-day-long BDF meet started on Monday.

Speakers said that the country was facing great catastrophe caused by climate change, which is the result of high carbon emissions historically by the developed countries. The developed countries are indebted to the people of Bangladesh and they should pay their carbon debt, they added.

They alleged that developed countries are not keeping their commitment in supporting the climate change-affected countries.

They mentioned in the recent years Bangladesh is facing frequent and more intense cyclonic disaster which has clear link with the climate change. Cyclone SIDR in Bangladesh in 2007 caused death of 4000 lives and $ 1.7 billion of economic loss.

Cyclone AILA in Bangladesh in 2009 caused death of 150 lives and $ 1.5 billion of economic loss. But so far Bangladesh has received less than 20 per cent of the economic loss caused by these disasters. Such huge economic fallback was making the country bound to seek fund from the IFIs and other developed countries.

Meantime Bangladesh already indebted in such a way that the country has to pay 20 per cent of its revenue budget as debt servicing liabilities, which is much higher than its annual health and education budget.

Speakers mentioned that debt business, capitalising the climate crisis, by the developed countries was injustice. The developed countries did injustice historically by utilising more atmospheric space and global public goods than their fair shares.

A rally was also simultaneously organised in front of DFID office in London. The rally was jointly organised by World Development Movement (WDM), Jubilee Debt Campaign UK, Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid.

They criticised the role of DFID as this organisation is pressing Government of Bangladesh to allow World Bank to manage multi donor trust fund on climate change. It may be mentioned that, in response to a joint call by Equity BD and WDM, thousands of people in the UK sent e-mail to the UK Prime Minister for not channeling climate funds for Bangladesh through the World Bank. They also called to their government to allocate climate fund in addition to the existing ODA commitment of the UK government.

Moreover, World Bank will take commission to operate the fund which is contrary to the motive behind creating such fund, they said. The protesters said developed nations must increase their official development assistance (ODA) to real sectors where it is so needed without unnecessarily raising debt burden to Bangladesh and at the same time earmark new climate fund to face calamities.

Organisers declared that they would organise similar rally and human chain in front of National Press Club today demanding sovereign, democratic and responsible financing to make aid reaching to poor, transparent and locally accountable.

Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD moderated the rally where Badrul Alam of La Via Campesina, Feroz Ahmed of Lead Trust, Prodip Roy of On Line Knowledge Centre, Shamsuddoha and Rezaul K. Chowdhury of EquityBD also spoke.

From the human chain the organisers released a joint statement developed by twenty-one organisations which include Arpon, AMKS, Eso, Bangladesh Krishak Federation, CSRL, EquityBD, Kishani Shova, Lead Trust, On line Knowledge Centre, Potikrit, La Via Campesina, MFTD, Prantik, Purbasha, RCASV, Swadin Bangla Garments Sramik Federation, Solidarity Workshop, Sirajganj Flood Forum, Uddipan, Voice, EquityBD and World Development Movement -UK.

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Developed nations urged to pay back their carbon debt : Civil society protest in Dhaka, London
Staff Correspondent, The Daily New Age, 16 February 2010 

Some 21 civil society organizations called upon the developed country representatives and donors, who are participating in Bangladesh Development Forum, to pay their ‘carbon debt’ as compensation for global warming and climate change.
   The Bangladesh government on Monday began a two-day dialogue with multilateral lenders and donor countries in Dhaka seeking approval of the poverty reduction strategy, a lender-driven development document.
   The rights activists, who also staged a human chain, said that Bangladesh is facing the most catastrophic fall out of climate change, which is the result of high carbon emissions, historically, by the developed countries.
   The protesting rights organizations are — Arpon, AMKS, Eso, Bangladesh Krishak Federation, CSRL, EquityBD, Kishani Shova, Lead Trust, On line knowledge centre, Potikrit, La via campesina, MFTD, Prantik, Purbasha, RCASV, Swadhin Bangla Garments Sramik Federation, Solidarity Workshop, Sirajganj Flood Forum, Uddipan, Voice and World Development Movement, UK.
   They formed the human chain in front of National Press Club to remind the donor and developed country representatives to keep their commitment to help the poor nations in facing the challenge of climate change.
   They expressed their dismay that the developed countries were not keeping their commitment in supporting the countries vulnerable to climate change.
   In a joint statement, they also claimed that the developed countries are indebted to the people of Bangladesh and they should pay their carbon debt.
   Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD, Badrul Alam of La Via Campesina, Feroz Ahmed of Lead Trust, Prodip Roy of On Line Knowledge Centre, and Shamsuddoha and Rezaul K Chowdhury of EquityBD, among others, also spoke at the human chain.
   In the statement they mentioned that in recent years Bangladesh has been facing recurring and more intense cyclonic disasters which have clear link with the climate change.
   Cyclone SIDR in Bangladesh in 2007 took a toll of 4,000 lives and US $ 1.7 billions of in economic loss. Then again cyclone AILA in Bangladesh in 2009 caused death of 150 people and destroyed property worth US $ 1.5 billions.
   But so far Bangladesh has received less then 20 per cent in aid to recover the economic loss caused by these disasters.
   Meanwhile Bangladesh is already indebted in such a way that the country has to pay 20 per cent of its revenue budget as debt servicing liabilities, which is much higher than its annual health and education budget.
   The rights activists mentioned that debt business, capitalizing the climate crisis, by the developed countries was an injustice. The developed countries did injustice historically by utilizing more atmospheric space and global public goods than their fair shares.
   Meanwhile, another rally was also organized in front of the office of Britain’s donor agency, Department for International Development, in London.
   The rally was jointly organized by World Development Movement, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK, Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid.
   They were critical of the role of DFID as this organization is pressing Bangladesh government to allow World Bank to manage the multi-donor trust fund on climate change.
   Besides, in response to a joint call by EquityBD and WDM, thousands of people in the UK sent e-mails to the British Prime Minister for not channelling climate funds for Bangladesh through the World Bank.
   The also called upon the British government to allocate special climate funds in addition to the existing ODA commitment.
   Organisers declared that they would hold a similar rally and human chain in front of national press club on Tuesday, demanding sovereign, democratic and responsible financing to ensure that aid reaches the poor through a transparent and locally accountable means, a press release on Monday said.

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কার্বন নিঃসরণে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত বাংলাদেশকে সহায়তা দেওয়ার দাবিতে গতকাল প্রেসক্লাবের সামনে মানববন্ধন করা হয়। ছবি : বাংলার চোখ, The Daily Kaler Kantha
ঢাকায় মানববন্ধনবাংলাদেশকে কার্বন-ঋণ দেওয়ার দাবি নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদকউন্নত বিশ্বের অতি-মাত্রায় কার্বন নিঃসরণের শিকার বাংলাদেশকে কার্বন-ঋণ পরিশোধের দাবি জানিয়ে গতকাল সোমবার রাজধানীতে মানববন্ধর কর্মসূচি পালন করা হয়েছে। ঢাকায় শুরু হওয়া বাংলাদেশ উন্নয়ন ফোরামের সভা সামনে রেখে ২১টি নাগরিক সংগঠন যৌথভাবে জাতীয় প্রেসক্লাবের সামনে ওই মানববন্ধন করে।
সংগঠনের নেতারা উন্নত রাষ্ট্রগুলোকে তাদের প্রতিশ্রুতির কথা স্মরণ করিয়ে দেন। ইক্যুইটিবিডির সদস্য মোস্তফা কামালের সঞ্চালনায় মানববন্ধন চলার সময়ে বক্তব্য দেন লা-ভিয়া ক্যাম্পেসিনার বদরুল আলম, লিড ট্রাস্টের ফিরোজ আহমেদ, অনলাইন নলেজ সেন্টারের প্রদীপ রায়, ইক্যুইটিবিডির মোঃ সামসুদ্দোহা ও রেজাউল করিম চৌধুরী।
গতকাল ব্রিটিশ সরকারের আন্তর্জাতিক উন্নয়ন সংস্থার (ডিএফআইডি) লন্ডনের কার্যালয়ের সামনেও ওয়ার্ল্ড ডেভেলপমেন্ট মুভমেন্ট, জুবলি ডেব্ট ক্যাম্পেইন-ইউকে, ফ্রেন্ডস অব আর্থ ও ক্রিশ্চিয়ান এইডের উদ্যোগে সমাবেশ করা হয়েছে বলে জানান ঢাকার কর্মসূচির আয়োজকরা। সমন্বিতভাবে বাংলাদেশ ও লন্ডনের কর্মসূচি গতকাল পালন করা হয়।জাতীয় প্রেসক্লাবের সামনে আজ বেলা ১১টায় বিভিন্ন দাতাগোষ্ঠীর দেওয়া আর্থিক সহযোগিতা স্বচ্ছ এবং স্থানীয়ভাবে জবাবদিহিমূলক করার দাবিতে মানববন্ধন কর্মসূচি পালন ও সমাবেশ করা হবে।
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