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Lima Climate Conf Developing nations disappointed

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Staff Reporter Experts at a discussion in the city on Wednesday said the outcome of the 20th Conference of Parties (COP 20) held recently in Lima, Peru have disappointed Bangladesh and other developing countries as it failed to deal adequately with adaptation, losses and damage caused by climate change. They said there is no scope for further frustration on the next climate deal to be held in December 2015 in Paris, France. Three organizations -- ActionAid Bangladesh, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)- jointly arranged the discussion on the outcomes of Lima COP20 and duties of Bangladesh for the next conference’ at Daily Star Bhaban in the city. Chaired by BCAS Executive Director Dr Atiq Rahman, the event was addressed by ICCCAD director and lead author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on Adaptation Dr Saleemul Huq, ActionAid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir and BCAS fellow Golam Rabbani. They said civil society organizations in Bangladesh must engage in a dialogue with other civil society organisations across the world and convey the message that Bangladesh will not accept any unjust and inequitable deal, rather Bangladesh will hold accountable the people of the rich countries for not putting pressure on their governments. They said it is important for the Bangladesh media to connect with the international media to share stories of sufferings and resilience on the issue. Speaking at the event, Dr. Atiq Rahman said there must not be any scope for further disappointment on climate deal in Paris. “We’ve been expecting that the world leaders will understand the urgency and will listen to the demand of the people living in poverty across the world. But, since Copenhagen, we are being denied of an equitable deal.” Dr Saleemul Huq said the Lima decision is a major disappointment as it fails to deal adequately with adaptation and also loss and damage, which the vulnerable developing had asked for. “COP21 in Paris in December 2015 is the last chance for the leaders of the world to show that they are able and willing to tackle a problem of global significance for the people and planet,” he added. Farah Kabir said gender equality should be one of the key principles in all the negotiations, policy and intervention in 2015. The keynote paper presented in the event said Lima outcome is heartbreaking for the most vulnerable countries (MVCs) because the finance allocation for adaptation support to MVCs in the next years (pre 2020) has not been clarified. It noted that mitigation commitment from developed and major economies still falls short to achieve 1.5 ° C goal. The Lima outcome also dropped the reference to loss and damage which is very disappointing from the MVC point of view. The USD 10-billion green climate fund over four years is insignificant. Not providing a roadmap to scale up the amount to USD 100 billion by 2020 indicates a lack of commitment, clear thinking and action from developed countries, according to the keynote paper.