IUB holds Seminar on Climate Change
Climate change across the globe have become a major threat to mankind more than any time before, and Bangladesh is one of the countries facing the highest threats from these changes. Researchers are now working on developing new technologies to ensure increasing the capacity for its adaptation. Universities need to give due importance on research on these topics where capacity building would be the most crucial area.
Discussants focused all this in a program held at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) with the title, ‘The role of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the IUB in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and plans for the 26th annual Conference of Parties (COP26)’. The event took place on March 2, 2020 in Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka.
Prof. Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD, IUB presented the Key Note in the event. Ms. Judith Herbertson, Head, DFID-Bangladesh; Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP-Bangladesh; Dr. Nurul Quadir, Additional Secretary (retired), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change also discussed on various aspects of climate change and made implementable suggestions for upcoming Conference of Parties.
Mr. A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB and Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IUB were present as guests and also assured to provide all necessary supports to conduct effective researches.
In his presentation, Mr. Saleemul Huq highlighted the background of the founding of ICCCAD and its present and future goals. He emphasized on high-quality researches and studies on climate as Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country towards climate change threats. He urged upon all stakeholders to enhance their capacities in handling climate change issues.
Ms. Judith Herbertson discussed sociological perspectives on climate change, gender and adaptation initiatives that are taking place in Bangladesh. She underscored that, recognition of environmental changes at the local level is there, but understanding of climate change is still limited.
Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee mentioned that Bangladesh should enhance its ability in combating climate change, rather than depending on global support. Universities can also build an intellectual capital so they can provide community based help for climate change adaptation, he added.
Dr. Nurul Quadir put emphasis on the need for technology transfer, recognizing local based solution and innovation and public awareness for combating the menace of climate change.
Prof. Md. Abdul Khaleque, Dean, SESM, IUB was the moderator of the Seminar.
Later, the floor was open for question-answer session where faculties, researchers, representatives from various NGO’s and IUB students discussed many significant issues of climate change.
Deans, senior members of the faculty & administration and full-house students attended the extremely vital program.