Target right compensation
The forum of 26 countries vulnerable to climate change will meet in a two-day conference on Sunday in Dhaka for ensuring justified compensation from the polluter industrially developed countries by raising a common voice ahead of the Durban Climate Summit scheduled for end November.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to inaugurate the conference -- The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) 2011 -- while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the next chair of the CVF, will attend the concluding session on Monday (November 14).
The meeting will also issue a Dhaka Declaration to make the developed countries extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and alongside sign a legally-binding deal to reduce carbon emission, State Minister for Environment and Forest Hasan Mahmud told reporters at his office yesterday.
Representatives from around 60 countries, including the 26 vulnerable countries, and 26 observers will be participating in the conference -- the forum's third meet -- to be co-organised by the foreign and environment ministries.
The ministerial meeting on Monday will be preceded by a senior officers' meet on the previous day.
After its creation in 2009 in the Maldives, prior to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, the forum had met twice -- in New York and Tarawa, Kiribati.
Bangladesh has already been recognised as the most vulnerable country, the state minister said. “But it is yet to receive justified compensation from the developed countries.”
He said Bangladesh has so far signed deal on bilateral assistance worth $15 million with another $100 million in the pipeline from the industrialist countries.
“The developed countries are yet to clear the process of providing assistance and transfer of technology, and therefore the vulnerable countries would claim the compensation through consensus,” the state minister said.
Global temperature has increased by about one percent since the pre-industrialist period due to the emissions by the developed countries, he said.