Tensions were high going into the Conference of Parties (COP) 26 at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), Glasgow, Scotland, this year. COP this year was held from November 1 to 12. From the looks of this year’s COP, the goal of keeping the rising global temperature to 1.5 Celsius was still the major point of the discussion, keeping the idea metaphorically alive, albeit it did seem like the idea was on life support.
There still seems to persist a disparity of badges and opportunity allocation between the Global North and the Global South. One example of such is the disparity of badge allocation for the youth. The COP badge allows a participant to attend the conference in the Blue Zone, where the actual negotiations happen. Although the badge allocation issue is already a major problem endemic to the youth population, the LDC youth suffer more due to the lack of opportunities. The LDC youth face critical political, economic, and socio-cultural contexts; they lack the resource bandwidth and means to avail the Global North youth’s opportunities. That being said, just having knowledge capacity building and an “enabling environment” is not enough, as more barriers are at play.
The SNLD tries to provide research and technical assistance on the issue of Loss and Damage from human-induced climate change. The dialogue, however, did not set up the totality of how the network will act, but it opened up the platform to be picked up again and finalize the setup at COP 27.
Originally this article was published on January 23, 2022 at Dhaka Tribune.
Shohail Bin Saifullah is working as a project associate at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development. He can be reached at [email protected].