Bangladeshi and international civil society networks at aseminar in Durban have demanded a new United Nation protocol for climateinduced migrants.
Twelve civil society networks-six each from Bangladesh andinternational organised the UNFCCC CoP 17 side event.
The civil society networks include BAPA, BIPNet, CCDF, CSRL,EquityBD, NCCB, Jubilee South, APMDD, LDC Watch, SAAPE, 350 org, and TCOE,according to a press released issued by EquityBD from Durban.
Addressing the function as the chief guest, Dr. QuaziKhaliquzzaman, head of Bangladesh government delegation, said though Bangladeshsucceeded to include a para on climate induced migrants in Cancun agreement butthe total negotiation process, promises and practices of developed countries isnot encouraging.
He mentioned there are hardly any global leaders who cancome up with bold decision, he feels that every single dollars being spend in Durbanseems wastage of money. In his presentation, Golam Rabbani focused onreferences from different global studies saying that one in each forty-fivepersons in the world would be climate induced migrants.
He proposed policy actions in this regard either they couldbe categorized as universal natural person and need of new UN protocol.
Janet Redmen and Elena Gijaberra mentioned that if therewill be climate financing under international financial institutions and ifthere will be inclusion of private financing and corporations then there willbe more displacement as those agencies has biasness for larger infrastructureprojects.
Juan Carlos narrated his personal story that how he has beendisplaced from his own home town of Peru, due to the climate change impacts.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and Dr Ahsan Uddin ofCSRL jointly moderated the function. Members of the panelists include JuanCarlos Soriano of 350 Org, Janet Redmen of Institute of Policy Studies, USA andElena Girebizza of CRBM, Itally. Golam Rabbani of CCDF made a key notepresentation and Dr. Abdul Matin of BAPA gave the vote of thanks.
Apart from designated panelist, Michelle Yonetani from IDMCand NRC, Laurie Goering from Reuters, Jespreet Kindra from UNIRIN, HeleneConnor from Helio International, Ziual Haque Mukta from Oxfam, Kamal Ahmed fromUNDP, and Mizanur Rahaman Bijoy from NCCB, among the participants, also spokeon the occasion.
In conclusion Dr Ahsan Uddin plea to Annex 1 i.e. developedcountries to take responsibility of these entire climate induced migrants.
Dr. Matin of BAPA mentioned that in view of 1948 UNdeclaration of human rights these people must have their right to life andlivelihood.