Take responsibility for climate migrants: PM to global community


2nd December, 2019 07:14:43 printer

Take responsibility for climate migrants: PM to global community

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the global community to take the responsibility for climate migrants as they are getting displaced for no fault of their own.

“As our people will be displaced for no fault of ours…we expect the international community to shoulder the responsibility of accommodating them and providing them with livelihood,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing a general roundtable discussion at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25).

The roundtable titled ‘National Plan to Increase Ambition by 2020’ was held at Feria de Madrid here.

Sheikh Hasina said, “All ‘Funds’ to fight climate change must be replenished as per our agreement, including the $100 billion annual contribution.”

She said the Convention and the Paris Agreement recognise the special circumstances and needs of LDCs and ‘Particularly Vulnerable Countries’ based on the principle of the ‘common but differentiated responsibility’, and this recognition must be adhered to in every delivery mechanism of the climate finance.

Hasina warned that there is a limit to resilience and adaptation. “We simply have to stop the increase of global temperature at 1.5 degree centigrade more than the pre-industrial level.”

Despite lack of interest among many to adopt adequate measures, he said, Bangladesh is a firm believer of collective efforts and understanding to fight climate change and UN is the most appropriate platform.

“We think to stop further degradation of environment, we have some useful international mechanisms like Paris Agreement and other relevant global instruments and mechanisms, and we must strictly implement our agreed provisions,” Hasina said.

From now on, she said, the principle of ‘Loss and Damage’ must feature prominently in all negotiations and the ‘Warsaw International Mechanism’ must be given a much stronger mandate to explore financing losses and damages through its review.

“The global landscape of climate finance is highly fragmented -- complex and grossly inadequate,” the PM said.

She said the concept of equity or fairness is a fundamental issue that underlies the framing and operationalisation of the Paris Agreement under the Convention through which greater levels of international cooperation under the Convention and its Paris Agreement may be achieved.

“We hope that finalisation of robust rules under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement must continue environmental integrity, avoid double counting and other accounting loopholes, deliver a share of proceeds from the market mechanism for the Adaptation Fund to assist overall mitigation in global emission,” she said.

“Any consequence of failure to deliver a climate action plan must fall equally on every country, especially the countries which are more responsible for contributing to climate change, and the cost of our inaction is devastating for every living person,” she added.

The Prime Minister said it is the responsibility of the leaders and politicians to make the public aware of the critical situation and the actions required to stop it from developing. “We cannot decide to be undecided.”