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Shadma Malik

Dhaka Tribune

Published Date: Oct 17, 2016

Political apathy hampers climate change fight

Experts say at 9th South Asia Economic Summit
Policy makers are failing to form partnership with the stakeholders and NGOs for achieving climate change related goals, said experts in an international conference yesterday.

In a panel discussion of 9th South Asia Economic Summit titled “Climate Change Impacts in South Asia: Cross Border Initiatives”, in the city’s Le Méridien Hotels, experts addressed that lack of political wills is one of the causes for what regional policy makers cannot combat against climate change.

Dr A Atiq Rahman, executive director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), said:  “Climate change is one of the critical areas where South Asia could be combined.”

Shafkat Kakakhel, chair, Board of Governance Sustainable development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, said: “The lack of political will is one of the causes that the regional leaders cannot combat against climate change.”

Experts warned that Bangladesh is one of most of vulnerability countries, where Maldives would virtually disappear due to climate change.  India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka will also face tremendous impact on food security, inhabitants problems and accelerating of urbanization die to climate change, they said.

Karin Fernando, senior research of Professional Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka, said: “We do not see any integration in the domain of climate change. If we want to have economic growth of South Asia region by 2030, we need to know the objectives and principles and intervention to resilience climate change.”

Dr Archna Negi, assistant professor of Centre for International Politics of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, said: “There has been a milestone change in climate diplomacy. On October 5 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved.”

Negi also said: “The Paris Agreement will enter into force on November 4, 2016.  The overall approach by the international community has reversed. It is no longer a top down approach which was problematic by the global protocol. The game has changed completely from top down top bottom up for better negotiation.”

The speakers concluded their remarks that South Asia region should work together as it is a serious concern for the rise of sea level.

Experts joined in the summit said that leaders of the region should develop practical policy such as disaster risk reduction and have a mechanism for climate finance, green finance fund, capacity building, networking and technology transformation.