Developed countries should take responsibility of climate-forced migrants

Doha, Qatar, 30th Nov 2012.

Twelve international civil society networks from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America along with seven Bangladeshi civil society networks in a jointly organised seminar urged developed country to take responsibility of climate forced migrants, as the developed countries are historically responsible for all climate change and high level of carbon emission.

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The seminar was moderated by Dr. Ahsan Uddin. Speakers of the were Dr. Tony Trujan from PMCC, Samuel Ogallha from PACJA, Martin Villela from Jubilee South Latin America and Bolivia, Dr. Koko Warner from United Nation University, Dr. Timsina Netra from SAAPE, Soumya Dutta and Sanjay Vahsist from India, Farah Kabir from ActionAid Bangladesh, Dr Atiq Rahman of BCAS, Golam Rabbani of CCDF has given key note presentation. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD has given welcome speech on behalf of organisers and Zakir Hossain Khan of CFGN has given thanks at the end.


Golam Rabbani in his keynote presentation gave detailed forecast estimate of climate forced migrants. He urged delegated to operationalise Para 14 (f) of Cancun Agreement which has accepted the issue of climate forced migration.


Dr. Tony Trujan:

There should be new protocol either in UNFCCC or in UN that the cross boarder migration of climate forced migrants have to have a new legal framework as they have right to live in view of human rights framework.


Samuel Ogallah:

Africa is the most impacted continent in the region while it is responsible for only 4% of carbon emission, as developed countries are responsible for high level of carbon emission and thereby all climate catastrophes and  as there are no plan B planet,  then they have to take responsibility of climate forced migrants.


Martin Villela:

Climate change has already impacted worse that creating migration and other problems in Latin America, during negotiation country delegation must keep in mind the human right principle, so there must be new logic, to live in this earth.


Dr. Timsina Netra:

The present capitalist system has plundered the planet and its natural resources, the beneficiary are the developed country, so the system has to be changed and need of a new paradigm of thinking.


Farah Kabir stated:

Developed countries either have to go for drastic emission cut or they have to consider alternative policies for the people who has forced to migrates, she draw attention on gender dimension of climate migrants.

Editors' notes


Drafted by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of Equity Bangladesh

Edited by Amiruzzaman of ActionAid Bangladesh