Civil Society Rights Group on Monday urged the government to form a transparent and inclusive national designated authority at an inter-ministerial level to attract international climate finance.
The group made the call at a seminar, ‘Green Climate Fund, Country Ownership, International Climate Finance: Is Bangladesh Ready?’ at Bangladesh Economic Association auditorium in the city.
BAPA, BIPNetCCBD, CCDF, CSRL and EquityBD with support from Oxfam and European Union organized the seminar.
Moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, the seminar was addressed, among others by PKSF chairman and chief negotiator of Bangladesh Climate Negotiation Team Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed, editor of Bhorer Kagoj Shaymol Dutta, Tahmina Rahman of Article 19 and country director of Oxfam Bangladesh Snehal V Soneji.
Sayed Amiul Haque of EquityBD presented the keynote paper at the seminar.
Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman said the country, in fact, should not be expecting much from foreign assistance in respect of climate finance although it has continuously to raise voice at the international level.
He said there should be a national designated authority on climate planning, which is also a requirement of Green Climate Fund.
Sayed Aminul Haque said the country ownership should not be mere a government or bureaucratic ownership as it should also be open for the affected community, media and other groups.
Snehal V Soneji said the policy leaders from political parties should come forward to discuss the preparation of climate planning integration issues.