Civil Society leaders from most vulnerable countries (MVCs) on Sunday demanded the commitment to keep global temperature rise under 1.5°C and lessening the damage caused by climate change, especially in the most vulnerable countries.
They raised the demand at a press conference at the COP28 climate conference centre in Dubai on the sideline of the ongoing COP28 Global Climate Conference.
The press conference, titled “Civil Society Demands on Keeping the commitment of Global Temperature to 1.5°C and Demanding Compensation to the MVCs” was organised by AOSED.
Representatives from various national and international Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including Dr. Emad Adly (RAED), Jahangir Hasan Masum (CDP), Mohammad Zobair Hasan (DORP), and Jocelyn Perry (Refugees International) attended the conference.
The keynote address was presented by Shamim Arfeen, Executive Director of AOSED, Bangladesh in the the press conference moderated by Syed Aminul Hoque from COAST Foundation.
In the keynote presentation, Arfeen has welcomed everyone on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on December 10 and stressed the critical need for global cooperation in addressing the challenge of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change, particularly in vulnerable nations.
Despite the commitments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement, these nations continue to face severe impacts such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
The keynote highlighted the responsibility of developed nations to support vulnerable countries through financial assistance, technology sharing, and capacity building, emphasising the promise made in the Paris Agreement to provide $100 billion annually for climate action in developing countries and ensure human rights.
The demands presented in the keynote included calls for developed nations to commit to a transparent roadmap aligned with the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDR&RC), accelerate discussions on the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA), urgently increase Adaptation Funds, advocate for a new Collective and Quantified Goal on Climate Finance, implement the Global Decarbonisation Accelerator, and establish measures for displacement management from a human rights perspective.
Dr. Emad Adly said that finance doesn’t reflect the minimum requirements.
“So we have to support the development agencies to build their capacity to implement their interventions in a more effective way,” Adly said.