Climate Justice Week 2012
We, the civil society organizations, non-
government organizations, activist’s organizations and academia of
Bangladesh, following a week long mobilization at 23 districts of the country, expressing our deep concern onworld-
leaders’ lack of political will in combating anthropogenic climate change that already has increased
the intensity and frequency of weather related extreme events and trends and consequently causing harm tolives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people living in developed and developing countries includingthe least-developed and small island states. We are extremely disappointed to see the double standard of world leaders who are committing to limit the rise of atmospheric temperature well below two degreeCelsius than pre-industrial level and on the contrary pledging very low level of emission reduction target that will increase atmospheric temperature, according to United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), from 3.5
to 6 degree Celsius. This is unacceptable; and they don’t have any mandate to facilitate a climate catastrophe
through their unforgivable inactions. There is another opportunity before them for taking correctivemeasures at the upcoming multilateral climate negotiations happening under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 26 November to 8 December 2012 at Doha, Qatar. We urgethe world leaders to consider the following element in Doha outcome:1.
Finalize and adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol involving as many membercountries as possible and to be implemented from 1 January 2013. Mitigation ambition between now and2020 must be increased.2.
Kyoto Protocol covers only 10-12% of world green house gas emissions; which means emission reductionunder second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ensures no fundamental change in thecatastrophic climate scenario albeit its continuation is important considering historical, political and legalperspectives. Following the decision adopted at Durban Conference of Parties (CoP) of the UNFCCC, allcountries will have to commit ambitious mitigation actions while BASIC Countries (Brazil, South Africa,India and China) must not hide themselves under the umbrella
of ‘G77 and China’ to avoid legally binding
mitigation commitment and least-developed and small island countries will be exempted from suchcommitment. We urge world leaders to agree a clear work program at Doha that sets milestones toensure a fair and ambitious legally binding agreement to be established by 2015 and implemented from2020.3.
Progress made since 2007 must be part of new legally binding agreement and unresolved issues must beconsidered in new work program for discussions and making decisions.4.
Public climate finance must be increased gradually from 2013 to meet $100 billion commitment per yearby 2020. Developed countries must pledge public funds for a substantial initial capitalization of the GreenClimate Fund (GCF). New and innovative sources of finance must be explored including maritime andaviation sectors.5.
We urge a integrated and coordinated climate finance regime to ensure peoples participation,transparency, accountability, equity and justice in all climate fund management for sustainable, effectiveand demand-driven adaptation process6.
We urge world leaders to take actions
under ‘Cancun Adaptation Framework’ by undertaking ‘measures
to enhance understanding, coordination and cooperation with regard to climate change induced
Declaration of Climate Justice Week 2012