Climate Change Talks in Copenhagen and EquityBD participation

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seminar_pic121209Copenhagen, 9th December 2009. Today at 12 noon, Saheen Anam the Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has said that “Bangladesh has already got wider global attention, but in home we need to workout a lot on effective aid utilization”. She was speaking while she was inaugurating a week long photo exhibition titled “Bangladesh: Ground Zero for Climate Change” in Copenhagen. As a part of Klimaforum09 (alternative people summit to the UNFCCC CoP 15), the photo exhibition has been inaugurated on 7th December and will continue until 18th December at DGI Bayen, Kodebyn, Copenhagen. This exhibition is jointly organized by Shaptahik, CSRL and EquityBD.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a group of Civil Society activists from Bangladesh including Ahmed Swapan of VOICE, Ferdousr Rahman of PRODIPON and NCCB, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD/COAST and Golam Mortoza of Shaptihik. Golam Mortoza of Shaptahik said that Bangladesh has the challenges of climate adaptation but also this has to be taken as an opportunity to show the global community that, we will have the best utilization of aid fund and we can do it. He also mentioned that the international community has to provide appropriate compensation. Rezaul Karim Chowhdury mentioned that there are a lot of attention from the audiences and press in Copenhagen for photo exhibition as in Europe climate catastrophe is the problem of tomorrow, but in Bangladesh it is the problem of today. Already it is the issue of life and death for the coastal people of Bangladesh.

Ms. Saheen Anam has also mentioned that our policy makers have also to be serious on our local issues those related to environment protection. We have to take concrete action to safe our forests and rivers. Our community already has some indigenous technology of adaptation which is practicing in locally. This has to be documented and published for international recognition. The photo exhibition will continue up to 18th December, which has already drawn wider attention.

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