Day Long Workshop on Embracing SDGs and Climate Action held at BUP
Date 31 Mar, 2018
Dhaka, 31 March 2018: A day-long workshop on the issue of climate change and sustainable development was held at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), on 31st March 2018. The event was jointly organized by the Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies (FSSS), BUP and SDG Lab-Bangladesh. It was the third workshop organized by SDG Lab which is an initiative by a cohort of some Chevening Scholars.
The workshop, under the title “Embracing SDGs: Climate Action”, aimed at raising consciousness about alarming changes of the climate, disseminating knowledge on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and highlighting the current scenario of environmental pollution and degradation in Bangladesh .
Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Siraj Uddin Ahmed, psc, Chairman, Department of Law, BUP, spoke at the event as the special guest. He inaugurated the workshop with his warm salutation and said that more and more awareness raising initiatives like this SDG workshop is needed to understand the importance of protecting climate of the universe and present a healthy environment to our future generations. Then, followed by a brief introductory session, Senior Assistant Secretary Mr. Mahmudul Hoque Moni conducted an elementary discussion on SDGs and MDGs. Mr. Moni started off with the paradigm shift of the definition of development and finished his speech concentrating solely on the 13th sustainable development goal, i.e. climate action. Then, Dr. Md. Khalid Hossain, Economic Justice Resilience Programme Manager, Oxfam Bangladesh, talked briefly on climate change and Bangladesh. The topic ‘Innovation in Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation’ was elucidated by Mr. Tanjir Hossain, Lead - Resilience and Climate Justice, ActionAid Bangladesh. He emphasized the need to innovate new ways of adapting with the inevitable change of climate.
Md. Abu Bakar Siddique, Lecturer in law, BUP, later on illustrated the development of environmental laws and policies in Bangladesh with references to various international conventions and protocols related to climate change. He differentiated global climate change regime with that of Bangladesh.
Afterwards, an interactive group activity among all the participants brought forward new ideas for sustainable development in everyday life. The session was monitored by Mr. Rezwan Siddiqui, Lecturer, East West University. Prior to the group activity, a question and answer session facilitated the participants to do brainstorming concerning all the earlier discussions. The workshop of participated by 80 law students of BUP. In the valedictory session, all the participants were presented certificates for their contribution and effort in the workshop.