On 17 October 2016 Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) has organized a Human Chain Program alongside hundreds of groups globally to demand delegates/lawmakers/the global community take urgent action to protect the UN Climate Treaty meetings in Marrakech next month from fossil fuel industry interference.
The event is part of the October global days of action, Reclaim Power, in dozens of/more than 50 countries calling for a more just and sustainable energy system and for policymakers to end the undue influence and obstruction of climate policy by transnational fossil fuel corporations.
“The Paris Agreement swings the door wide open to interference from industries that want nothing else than to stop progress” said Md. Arifur Rahman, General Secretary of SUPRO, “If we are to keep warming below 1.5 degrees, we must first ensure Big Oil and it’s dirty drilling friends are not writing the rules.”
This action, DEMANDED, CALLED FOR, SUPPORTED, COUNTRY’S leaders to advance the movement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to protect its negotiations from the influence of the fossil fuel industry and other dirty industries. Government leaders first raised the issue last May in Bonn, Germany.
“It’s now clearer than ever that the fossil fuel industry and those representing its interests have one goal: self-preservation,” said Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, climate organizer at Corporate Accountability International. “Big Polluters, like Big Tobacco before it, must be cast out of the policymaking process meant to rein it in.”
SUPRO has organized a post budget analysis Press Conference in Dhaka Reporters Unity Conference Room on 11th June 2016, Saturday where SUPRO Chairperson Ahmed Swapan Mahmud was in chair and moderated the session and SUPRO National Council member Manju Rani Pramanik read the key note paper.
In the press conference the speakers said, budget is very innovative as per the demand and needs of of the people, but it would be very difficult to implement the budget properly. During the previous times, we have seen, development budget has not implemented properly in all time. SUPRO is wanting to innovate these areas of implemenetiona mechanism so that the proposed budget will have to be implemnted properly and effectively. The target of GDP 8% has an uphill task but we are hopeful, if the implementing authorities and institutions can do their job properly then it will may have some positive effect during budget implementation phases.
‘Grassroots expectation is that budget is not only announced driven it should be real direct tax driven and the announced budget not only indirect finance related but it reflects to transparent, efferent & professional aspects and ensure pro-poor, implementable, transparent and accountable manner’- in a pre-budget discussion meeting SUPRO-(a network of civil society organizations) has demanded the similar view. SUPRO has organized the meeting on May 07, 2016, at VIP Lounge, National Press Club, Dhaka. The program has co-sponsored by 11 organizations including Come to Work (Dinjapur), Darpan (Comilla), ijol (Jamalpur), Jagonari (Barguna), PKSS (Natore), PPS (Pabna), SETU (Kushtia), Shoroney (Tangail), SoDESH Satkhira (Satkhira), Voice (Mymensingh) and YPSA (Chittagong). The meeting has presided over by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Chairperson, SUPRO & Executive Director, VOICE and the meeting has moderated by Md. Arifur Rahman, General Secretary, SUPRO & Chief Executive, YPSA. The distinguished guests including Dr. Abdur Razzak, MP, Hon’ble President, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, Bangladesh National Parliament, Mr. M A Mannan, MP, Hon’ble State Minister to the Ministry of Finance & Planning, Government of Bangladesh, Colonel (Rtd.) Showkat Ali, MP, Hon’ble President, Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget and Kazi Rozy, MP, Hon’ble Vice President, Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget presented at the discussion meeting. Dr. Mohammad Abdul Mazid, Former Chairman, National Board of Revenue, has presented as the key discussants.