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Thrust on nat'l unity for sustainable climate plan 
Banani Mallick
Published :Monday, 18 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 21
In the wake of the COP21 Paris Agreement, researchers, activists, development partner, leaders of political parties and civil society organizations have called for national consensus to address the challenges of climate change.
They noted that this unanimous agreement is crucial for the execution of Bangladesh's promises in COP21.
The experts also discussed the policy challenges posed by climate change in Bangladesh in light of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris last month.
Anwar Hossain Manju, MP, Minister for Environment and Forests said that instead of fighting against each other people from every walk of life should work together to combat the impact of climate change.
He made this comment on the sidelines of the programme on 'Climate Change and Bangla-desh' organized by The High Commission of Canada and Informatics and Develop-ment at a city hotel on Sunday.
Talking with the Daily Observer most of the participants highlighted the demand for the implementations of the plans from COP21.
They also noted that at first the country should give emphasis on its need and political willingness plays a key role to meet commitments and realize demands.
Taking unified actions to curb climate change effects is very important, experts added.
Pavel Partho, an activist and environment expert said that the challenge
is now for the government to keep the promises
and make headway in global climate change efforts.
Bangladesh looked towards a legally binding agreement in COP21 to keep global climate warming under 2 C along with demand for grants instead of soft loans from the Green Climate Fund.
Bangladesh' INDC pledged to reduce 5 percent carbon emissions unconditionally in three crucial sectors - transport, power and energy.
The country is committed to reducing emissions up to 15 percent by 2030 with technical and financial assistance from other nations.
The Paris conference was a huge step towards a global response to climate change as all 195 nations decided on a legally
binding agreement to
keep global warming below 2 C.
Bangladesh is already facing the impacts of climate change in the form of extreme temperatures, rising sea level, salinity intrusion, ocean acidification, and erratic weather conditions.
Bangladesh could take initiatives towards implementing the plan outlined in the Intended Nationally Determined Contribu-tions.
The most important step is to act in unison against climate change.
Some experts also think that the next generation of voters are concerned about climate change so all the political parties should work together to face the climate change challenges.
Although there is optimism, there is still a need to highlight the success stories of Bangladeshi's fighting climate change challenges to inspire others and create awareness.
Climate change affects all aspects of lives and therefore all the ministries must look at issues through the climate change framework.
It is imperative that inter-ministry coordination incorporates climate policy challenges into their respective agendas. Private sector should be more involved in Bangladesh's climate change.
Green funding and tax benefits should go to the green industry which will increase the private sector's interest in combating global warming.
The general consensus was that climate change affects us all and as such, we must all take our fair share of responsibility.
Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), said that mass people's consensus and responsibility is also important besides the opinions government, Non Government Organis-ations, activists and other stake holders to combat climate change impact.
The general sentiment is having a unified resolution to implement action plans in the climate change arena.
Nilima Jahan, a student from North South University, Department of Environment and Science and Management said that Paris Agreement is an opportunity for Bangladesh and provides a structure through which action plans can be implemented.

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