Saturday, April 30, 2011

Climate change outcome of global graft (Bangladesh): Climate change is the outcome of global corruption, but its worst victims are the least developed countries like Bangladesh, speakers have told a seminar. "The industrialised nations are largely responsible for the rapid climate change, harming the countries like Bangladesh. Therefore, this is the right of the affected countries to have the money they have promised," said junior minister for environment Hasan Mahmud. "This is neither grant nor help. They have to pay us the money," he added.

Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) organised the seminar on climate change and global corruption report at BRAC Inn Centre on Saturday. Chairman of the Transparency International Huguette Labelle presented the keynote paper at the seminar, chaired by TIB chairperson Sultana Kamal.

Gareth Sweeny, the chief editor of the report, described various its aspects at the seminar. Voicing their firm commitment to prevent corruption in spending the fund, Hasan Mahmud said, "A section of officials may try to misappropriate the fund. To prevent this, a committee has been formed comprising public representatives and people from all walks of life. They will take steps in this regard."…

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