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Developed countries trying to reinterpret Paris Deal: G77

Bonn, 12 May (T Ajit)- The G77 and China said that developed countries are intending to reinterpret the Paris Agreement (PA) by their stance in the negotiations at the Bonn climate talks. At the contact group meeting of the UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the PA (APA) convened on 11 May to take stock of negotiations on the various ... Read More »

Cordial ties among parties must for democracy: President

Dhaka – President Abdul Hamid on Monday said cordial relation among political parties is a must for democracy in the country. “The aim of all political parties is the same — people’s welfare. So, political parties should take initiatives to reach a consensus,” he said at a meeting with a delegation of Bangladesh National Awami Party (BNAP) at Bangabhaban over ... Read More »

Politics warms up with Bangabhaban hospitality, pleasantries

Dhaka – Though politics has been dull these days, Bangabhaban on Sunday saw a warmer political gathering with BNP leaders exchanging pleasantries with humorous President Abdul Hamid. The atmosphere turned festive as the President entertained BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her party’s delegation with fish finger, chicken patties, sandwich, sandesh and peanut during talks over formation of the next Election ... Read More »

NCC polls: EC’s security meeting Saturday

Dhaka – The Election Commission (EC) is going to sit in a meeting with law enforcement and intelligence agencies on Saturday to finalise the security measures need to be taken for the elections to Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) and 61 district councils in the country. Read More »

Shall Marrakech climate talks adopt plan of action

Marrakech (Meena Raman) – The annual year end climate talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will kick off in Marrakech, Morocco, on 7 November and is expected to end on the 18th. The two-week talks will see the convening of the Convention’s twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session ... Read More »

BASIC wants ‘inclusive process’ for Paris Agreement tasks

Geneva (Meena Raman) – Ministers of the BASIC countries (comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China) emphasised the need for “an inclusive process” in completing the tasks under the Paris Agreement (PA), in preparation for its implementation. This call was made in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 23rd BASIC Ministerial meeting on Climate Change on 17 ... Read More »

Developing countries want balance in post-Paris work

Bonn (Hilary Chiew) – Developing countries stressed the importance of maintaining balance and coherence among the various bodies in implementing the work arising from the decisions from Paris under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This they said is critical not only for the current Bonn session of the climate talks but also beyond. This was expressed ... Read More »

AUST teacher sent to jail again

A court here on Monday sent Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) teacher Mahfuzur Rashid Ferdous to jail after rejecting his bail petition in a case filed over sexual harassment of female students of the university. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury passed the order when Saidur Rahman, a counsel of the teacher, filed a petition seeking bail for ... Read More »

Alberta officials say oil sands city saved from fire’s worst

Alberta premier’s declared Canada’s oil sands city saved and said a plan will be put together within two weeks so 88,000 residents forced to evacuate can return to their homes. At least two neighborhoods in Fort McMurray were scenes of utter devastation with incinerated homes leveled to the ground from a wildfire that the city’s fire chief called a “beast ... Read More »

Yet another fire in Sundarbans

Yet another fire broke out in Tultala area of the Sundarbans under Chandpai Range in Sharankhola upazila on Wednesday. This was the 4th fire incident in the world’s largest mangrove forest and a Unesco world heritage site in four weeks. Dhaka, UNB news agency reported. Read More »

Italian chef Carlo Cracco draws attention to climate change threats

Rome, 19 April – Italian celebrity chef Carlo Cracco is working with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Recipes for Change campaign to highlight the threats small scale farmers in developing countries are facing as a result of climate change. The Masterchef Italy judge visited an IFAD-supported project in Kandal province in southern Cambodia last week, where soaring ... Read More »

Intense discussion over GCF project preparation facility

Kuala Lumpur (Hilary Chiew) – The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved its first grant of US$1.5million under its Project Preparation Facility (PPF) at its 12th meeting held in Songdo, South Korea from 8-10 March. The funding is for the project preparation of the programme titled “Rural Green Economy and Climate Resilient Development Programme” submitted by the Ministry ... Read More »

Huge fight in Paris to ensure ‘contributions’ are not mitigation-centric

Penang (T Ajit) — A proposal by the Like-Minded Developing countries (LMDC), aimed at ensuring that nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are comprehensive and not mitigation-centric, was a hard fought battle that eventually succeeded in being reflected in the Paris Agreement. During the UNFCCC’s twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21), held from ... Read More »

Rural women behind community climate resilience in Africa

Small farmers – mainly women – produce 80% of the food in Africa on just 14.7% of the agricultural land, and control 80% of the seeds produced and exchanged on small farms. The African Biodiversity Network, Gaia Foundation and African Women’s Development Fund have jointly released a report in recognition of the critical role African rural women play in evolving ... Read More »

US industry presure their govt to secure IPR

The Honorable Michael Froman Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20508 Fax: (202) 395-4549 The Honorable John Kerry United States Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Fax: (202) 647-2283 The Honorable Penny Pritzker United States Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20230 Fax: (202) 482-2741 Re: ... Read More »

Optimism as COP21 conference delayed

Paris, France – It was always an optimistic call to get a global climate change agreement in the can by a firm 6pm deadline on Friday and so it proved. Twelve hours before the deadline on Friday, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister and president of COP21, announced that the international conference in Paris would indeed be delayed into Saturday. ... Read More »

Call for party-driven, text-based talkss for Paris agreement

Paris, 8 December (T Ajit)— Many developing countries called for Party-driven, text-based negotiations in an open setting during the first meeting of the ‘Paris Committee’ held on Monday, 7 December. During the meeting which was held in the evening of Monday, Laurent Fabius, the  French Foreign Minister and the UNFCCC’s COP21 President, took stock of work of the minister-led informal ... Read More »

REDD+ Handed in Paris

Jutta Kill Berlin – It’s been 30 years since the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched the Tropical Forestry Action Plan, the first global intergovernmental initiative to halt forest loss. Since then, deforestation has continued unabated, and the latest international effort to stop it – an initiative known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) ... Read More »

Alternative Paris

by Sunita Narain I wrote last about what I expect will happen at the Paris climate change conference. But what should happen? First, the world must strongly underscore the need to keep the temperature rise below 2°C at the very least. Today, with less than 1°C rise, the world is beginning to experience deadly impacts. In India, we are seeing ... Read More »

US, EU want loss-damage as a toothless tiger in Paris deal

Ask vulnerable countries to explicitly give up the right to raise issues of compensation and liability in future Nitin Sethi Indian paper Business Standard accessed the proposal that the US put forth informally before other countries demanding that poor and vulnerable countries give up any future rights to demand compensation or create any form of legal liability upon developed countries. Read More »

Dhaka needs $400b in 15 years to face climate change

An assistance of $ 4,000 crore will be needed over the next 15 years to address the challenges of climate change faced by the people living in Bangladesh’s coastal areas. The Bangladesh delegation to the ongoing COP 21 in Paris came up with the demand while attending a seminar, organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) at ... Read More »

Adaptation fund ‘in danger’, Kyoto Protocol in bleak state

Paris, 4 December (Marjorie Williams) – While attention at the ongoing climate talks is focused on a “new Paris agreement”, the state of the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is bleak. Parties at the ongoing eleventh session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the ... Read More »

Bangladesh sixth in risk list

Bangladesh ranked sixth in a new list of nations hardest hit by two decades of storms, floods and landslides that killed more than half a million people, climate analysts reported, warning of more frequent disasters if Earth’s overheating cannot be tamed, reports AFP.Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti topped the list.Scientists point to the mounting threat from storms, floods, droughts and rising ... Read More »

Group of-77, China detail on moving climate negotiations forward

Paris, 3 December (Chee Yoke Ling and Hilary Chiew) – The Group of 77 and China made a detailed proposal on moving forward the negotiations for the Paris agreement at a stocktake session of the Contact Group of the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on Wednesday evening (2 December). South Africa’s Ambassador Nozhipo ... Read More »