A pre-conference newsletter of the Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 |Mission for 100 Years
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“We hold the future in our hands, together, we must ensure that our grandchildren will not have to ask why we failed to do the right thing, and let them suffer the consequences.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2007
"Just investing in women in agriculture alone has led to a 30% increase in yield." Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
"We must adapt to our ways to the capacities of the plant, and distribute resources fairly. And the only way to achieve is to move towards a model of economic growth where the value of natural capital is fully integrated in economic and political decision making- by government, by business and by citizens." Bard Vegar Solhjell, Minister of the Environment, Norway
"Without poverty reduction, forests cannot be green and without a green economy, poverty cannot be reduced." Ghanshyam Pandey, the Global Alliance of Community Forestry in Nepal
In the News
Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development Secretariat Team visited Dr. Farzana Islam, Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University in Savar, Dhaka on June 1, 2014.
Dr. Islam was pleased to endorse the summit and the work of conference secretariat, Eminence. Read more at:
The secretariat of Bangladesh Summit participated in the Eradicate Extreme Poverty Day exhibition at the Bashundhara Convention Center on May 31, 2014. The event was hosted by SHIREE, World Food Programme, and Manusher Jonno. 66 organizations participated with 100 stalls in addition to some knowledge sharing campaigns.
Why WASH matters as we tackle today’s water and sanitation crisis
The world is in the midst of a water and sanitation crisis. This crisis has profound impact on all areas of human development. We need an approach that reflects the reality of people’s lives by addressing their health, education, water and sanitation and nutrition needs in an integrated way. This is the only way to improve wellbeing and ensure all people in all countries and communities are healthier, live longer, are more educated and have better access to goods and services.
Dhaka University, Bangladesh understands the value and need for harnessing sustainable energy sources. The University recognizes that “the whole world today relies heavily on fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for its energy. The continuous depletion of reserve of these fuels as well as the fluctuation in the price of crude oil has made energy independence imperative. To develop sustainable energy systems and solutions for the future energy crises, the University of Dhaka has established the Institute of Renewable Energy.” This institute seeks to promote research in practice in the field of innovative sustainable renewable energy solutions and has developed an Energy Park for renewable energy research.
Photo Credit: Alyson Hayes, Eminence
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Endorsements from Academic VCs
This week, the Conference Secretariat Team has been busy visiting Vice Chancellors of Public Universities within Dhaka. Most VCs have expressed their enthusiastic encouragement and endorsement for the summit activities as well as have shared their personal and professional experiences with Sustainable Development and related segments. The team has met with:
Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique of Dhaka University
Dr. Farzana Islam of Jahangirnagar University
Dr. SM Nazrul Islam of BUET
Dr. Mizanur Rahman of Jagannath University
Dr. Mizanur Rahman is very insightful on sustainable development issues. He shared that Jagannath University has incorporated sustainable development strategies and social development aspects in all of the university departments. The university has 33 total departments.
Dr. Rahman’s personal view of sustainable development is one of economic focus. He states that the major challenge facing sustainable development is to provide the macro solutions to the micro sphere. He expresses concern over those in the informal labor sector, minorities, and marginalized populations, affirming that until minimum wage issues and fair access to public and technology based services is achieved, sustainable development will falter.
He purported that mega-projects and urban development is a feasible solution for promoting economic, social, and sustainable development in Bangladesh, giving the examples of the Padma Bridge Project