Bangladeshi CSOs demand urgent action to combat climate emergency: COP28


City Desk :
Climate Justice Alliance- Bangladesh – a coalition of 30 CSOs – at COP28, urged for a swift and equitable transition from fossil fuels while demanding responsible actions like mobilizing needs-based finance, ensuring obligatory loss and damage finance, and upholding human rights in climate efforts.

The CSOs are firm in their stance that the first-ever global stock take at COP28 serves as a pivotal moment for a reality check on the world’s progress in combating climate change, reports UNB.

They highlighted the imperative of bridging existing gaps, evaluating current strategies, and delineating unequivocal roles and contributions to achieve the crucial 1.5° C goal.

Moreover, emphasis is placed on extending support to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Most Vulnerable Countries (MVCs) for their adaptation and survival in the face of climate adversity.

CSOs from around the world convened at COP28 with an unequivocal call to action, urging global leaders to prioritize immediate and realistic measures to combat the escalating climate emergency.

With a critical eye on past negotiations, these CSOs are determined to forge a path toward a sustainable, equitable, and transformative resolution in Dubai, said a media release.

CSOs underscore the alarming projections outlined in the UNFCCC synthesis and UNFP Emission Gap Report, emphasizing the urgent need to reduce global annual GHG emissions by 45% before 2030.


They call upon developed countries and major emitters to take the lead in making genuine, substantial emissions reduction pledges following the Global Stock take.

Md Shamsuddoha, chief executive, Center for Participatory Research and Development-CPRD mentioned: “As we strive to uphold the crucial 1.5° C threshold, it is imperative to maintain firm commitment.

Ceasing all new investments in fossil fuel production stands as a non-negotiable step in achieving this goal.

There is simply no margin for expanding fossil fuel production if we are to stay aligned with the aspirations of the 1.5° C goal.”

Syed Aminul Haque, director of Coast Trust Foundation, said: “As a CSO dedicated to combatting climate change, our urgent call is to fortify our National Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with the 1.5° C target.

We advocate for the formulation of robust Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategies that map a clear pathway towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2040.