Environmental experts attending the COP25 Conference here expressed hope for some positive change as all the countries have agreed to reduce carbon emissions.
Dr Atiq Rahman, a member of the Bangladesh delegation in the conference told UNB that the developed countries oppose the loss and damage caused by climate change, and agree to reduce carbon emissions.
But they refuse to spend any money in this regard, Dr Atiq added.
He also said the extent of carbon emissions is the main issue of this year’s conference and the minister-level high level segment that kicks off on Tuesday will decide in this regard.
About the carbon market, Dr Atiq said poor countries will not be benefited from it but the rich nations will get access to the market for carbon sale as they produce it more.
China and India will be benefited from carbon sale as they produce it more, Atiq said Bangladesh will be benefited if a human market can be produced.
Citing the success of the conference, Dr Atiq said the achievement of the climate conference this year is already visible as the private sector of America is saying ‘We are in’ even though the Trump administration backed out of the Paris Agreement.
Md Ziaul Haque, director (Air Quality Management) of Environment Department, also a member of Bangladesh delegation, told UNB there is no alternative to reducing carbon emissions for saving the world.
UN Secretary General has sent letters to every country including Bangladesh’s Prime Minister in this regard, he added.
In the COP25 conference this year, ‘adaptation’ has been included with the discussion of reducing carbon emission. Besides reducing carbon emissions, adaptation is emphasised, he added.
COP25 is this year’s Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, which is tasked with making sure that the Convention (and now the 2015 Paris Agreement, which strengthens the Convention), are being implemented.
COP25 started on December 2, and a ‘High Level Segment’ will begin from December 10 where Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin will speak.