Rally and Human Chain on the Eve of Copenhagen Climate Conference Realize Compensation from Developed Countries
SUPRO formed a human chain and organized rally on 7 December 2009 in front of National Museum, Shahabag, Dhaka on the eve of Copenhagen Climate Conference demanding compensation from the developed countries for the consequences of climate change to draw the attention of the world leaders and the countries responsible for carbon emission in the climate summit that started at Copenhagen on 7 December 2009.
Speakers at the human chain said the worst vulnerable countries are the island states. It is feared that almost 17 percent of Bangladesh’s land will be submerged due to the sea level rise and almost 30 million will be displaced in the coming 50 years.
SUPRO also placed some demands at the program including realizing compensation as grant instead of loan, ensuring that the grant is more than 0.7% of GDP of the particular country, cancellation of the decision of World Bank’s supervision in climate change fund management and making the developed countries set a specific goal for reducing carbon emission. Campaign Coordinator Mohammad Shahid Ullah, Secretary of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity Subal Sarkar, President of Bacthe Shikho Nari Firoja Akter, Executive Director of SBSS Ferdous Ahmed, Executive Director of SCOPE Ms. Bilkis Akter also spoke at the Human Chain.
Lobby Meeting with Finance Minister of Bangladesh on National Budget 2009-10
As a part of the National Budget Campaign, SUPRO has an opportunity to take part in a lobby meeting with Finance Minister on National Budget 2009-10 on 26th June 2009 at Finance Ministry in Bangladesh. Lawrence Besra, Project Coordinator of Activist’s Capacity for Equity and Justice (ACEJ) has represented SUPRO at the lobby meeting with Finance Minister along the other representatives of civil society networks and NGOs.
Speakers demanded at Post - Budget Discussion
Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership. Farmer’s association should be formed in order to get fair price of their production.
In order to ensure accessibility of poor and marginalized people towards education and health facilities, Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It has been mentioned in the budget for a legal framework of PPP and there should be outlined clear roles and responsibilities of government and private entrepreneurs. Without having a legal regulatory of framework, there should not be any control of government upon this Public-Private Partnership sector. Today, (17 June 2009) prominent economist of Bangladesh and chief speaker of the round table seminar, Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh. addressed in the round table discussion titled “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh.