VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale. By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices.


Civil society statement to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

By farjana - Posted on 22 December 2011

“Better Aid and Development Effectiveness for the World We Want”

CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT
TO THE FOURTH HIGH LEVEL FORUM ON AID EFFECTIVENESS

“International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights” Demanded New Legal Institutional Framework at Durban UN Talks

By farjana - Posted on 07 December 2011

[Durban, 6 December 2011] Speakers in a public dialogue said that climate change catastrophe not only pose mortal danger but also lead to the destruction of the means of livelihood which threat to millions of people in the global south to become refugee. Recent studies show that around 30 million people from the coastal areas of Bangladesh, 300 thousand from the Maldives, 10 million from Vietnam, 10 million from Mediterranean Egypt, and 600 thousand from Guyana will be displaced due to loss of land as a result of climate change effects. 

The public dialogue organized by the International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR) is held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal today while the civil society groups urged the global leaders to form legal framework for the displaced victims--climate refugee.

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, convenor of the Campaign said“a legal safeguard protocol should be in place to ensure the political, social, cultural and economic rights of the climate refugees by the international community presently meeting under the Conference of Parties (COP-17) here in Durban, South Africa”.

International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR)

By farjana - Posted on 04 December 2011

We call for a new legal framework for climate refugees to realize their social, political, cultural and economic rights.

We invite you to join the Public DIalogue on Climate Refugee.

Date : 6 December 2011
Time : 2:00p.m to 5:00 p.m.
Venue : Shepstone, Room-5, Shepstone Building,
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban

Your presence and valuable insights will enrich the discussion to further working for ensuring justice for climate refugees. The Statement is attached for your kind perusal.

Regards,

Ahmed Swapan
Convenor
International Campaign on Climate Refugees' Rights (ICCR)

The International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR) is a global independent association aiming at asserting and realizing the rights and ensuring justice to climate-induced displaced victims—climate refugees. Civil society groups from Asia, Africa, Latin and Central America consisting of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Senegal, Uganda, EL Salvador etc, are the members of this campaign while currently the secretariat is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Public Dialogue on Climate Refugee in Durban on 6th December 2011

By farjana - Posted on 02 December 2011

International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights (ICCR)

We call for a new legal framework for climate refugees to realize their social, political, cultural and economic rights. 

We invite you to join the Public Dialogue on Climate Refugee.

Date : 6 December 2011

Time : 2:00p.m to 5:00 p.m.

Venue : Shepstone, Room-5, Shepstone Building, 

University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban

Your presence and valuable insights will enrich the discussion to further working for ensuring justice for climate refugees. The Statement is attached for your kind perusal.

CSOs to Focus on Climate Finance Oversight in Bangladesh

By farjana - Posted on 22 November 2011

CSOs to Focus on Climate Finance Oversight in Bangladesh

Two day Workshop and a Seminar in South Asia Social Forum Sets the Tone

Dhaka, November 20: CSOs from different parts of Bangladesh converged at a two-day workshop jointly organized by Voice, EquityBD and Bank Information Center has decided to focus more on monitoring the flow of climate finance in the country, insisted the participation of communities at all levels of project planning, implementation and monitoring, and initiated to link with other climate justice movements elsewhere in South Asia to strengthen the movement in Bangladesh.

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

By farjana - Posted on 14 November 2011

VOICE @ South Asia Social Forum, Dhaka; November 18-22, 2011

VOICE (www.voicebd.org) undertakes a number of programmes during South Asia Social Forum (SASF) to be held on 18-22 November, Dhaka, Bangladesh. These events will jointly be organized with different national and international networks including Aid Accountability Group, Bank Information Centre, Eurodad, NGO Forum on ADB, Privacy International etc, among others. Being one of the organizers in SASF, VOICE is calling global civil society actors, youths, women, human rights activists, political groups, organizations and concerned multi-stakeholders to join us aiming at building greater solidarity for new economic and social order. The details of the programmes (draft) attached herewith

Upcoming events: Workshop on Governance and Transparency of Climate Financing in Bangladesh

By farjana - Posted on 03 November 2011

VOICE, EquityBd and Bank Information Centre are going to organize a workshop on Governance and Transparency of Climate Financing in Bangladesh  will be held from 17-18 November 2011 at The Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB), 24/C, Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka- 1207, Tel: 9123108

This workshop is an attempt to bring together civil society organizations, people’s movements and researchers to share information and bring together the knowledge for the benefit of other activists to monitor the manner in which the Bank is influencing the climate funding scenario in Bangladesh which has serious consequences in terms of policy and planning in Bangladesh.    

For more information, please contact via email: farjanakter@gmail.com, Phone-0088-8158688

Establish Climate Migrants Rights : Campaign Kicked Off from Dhaka !

By farjana - Posted on 02 November 2011

Civil society groups Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Campaign for Sustainable Rural LIvelihood (CSRL), EquityBD, Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh (NCCB), Campaign For Good Governance (SUPRO) and Voices for Interactive Choice & Empowerment (VOICE) organized a seminar "Climate Induced Migrants : A Political and Development Agenda" at the national press club on 1st November 2011. The leader of the Official Bangladesh Delegation to UNFCCC State Minister for the Ministry of Environment and Forest Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Members of Parliament and civil society groups attended the meeting. The press release and media coverage are put below:

 

Establish climate migrants' rights'

Demand for involving affected people, civic groups

By farjana - Posted on 23 October 2011

 

Climate fund management

Demand for involving affected people, civic groups

Civic groups and lawmakers on Saturday demanded involvement of the representatives of civil society groups and the affected people to make management of climate change fund management transparent and accountable.

They called for the creation of an independent inter ministerial board under the supervision of the prime minister with representatives from civil society groups and the affected people for the management of the climate fund.

Speaking at a national consultation meeting in the city on the eve of 17th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change they said that the prime minister’s supervision would ensure coordinated action by different ministries in it.

The board, they suggested, should comprise representatives from the ministries of forest and environment, food and disaster management, planning and agriculture.

The consultation on ‘Democratic Ownership and Social Accountability in Climate Fund Management’ was jointly organized by Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh, Coastal Development Partnership, IBON Foundation, The Reality of Aid and Voice at the National Press Club.

Keeping out WB from climate fund stressed

By farjana - Posted on 14 October 2011

 

Eighteen Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Sunday claimed Bangladesh has fallen into a corruption trap following the climate fund management.

This trap will help the World Bank (WB) to establish control over climate fund, the representatives from the CSOs expressed in their observation.

They urged the government to accumulate all climate funds under a single autonomous board to avoid any trap and keep WB out of climate finance which the LDC nations have been promised.

The civil society rights groups led by EquityBD said these while forming a human chain in front of the National Press Club in city.

Representatives from CSRL, BUP, Humanity Watch, APON, ASOW, Online Knowledge Centre, EquityBD, Lead Trust, NCCB, Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Jatiya Sramik Jote, SIRAC Bangladesh, DCI, PRAN, SDO, SUPRO and VOICE participated in the human wall.

Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD coordinated the progarmme while Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB, Prodip Kumar Roy of Online Knowledge Centre, Syed Aminul Haque of EquityBD, Fakhrul Ferdous of DCI, Mohin Ahmed of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Farhana Akther of SUPRO, among others, spoke on the occasion.