A pre-conference newsletter of the Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 |Mission for 100 Years
A message from the Secretariat
This week the Bangladesh Summit Secretariat Team is busy gaining the attention of university department heads and students. We are filling the sessions with qualified speakers and working on spreading the word to internationally like-minded organizations.
Members of the conference organizing organization, Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder and Alyson Hayes are attending the UNESCAP Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing to gain more knowledge and insight on this technical and critical aspect of sustainable development.
We are still collecting abstracts for summit sessions. Please share your related work or research with us at http://www.bangla deshsummit.org/submit/submit-abstract
Abstract submissions due: June 30, 2014
Progress Report P.1
Sustainability in Words P.2
Quote Corner P.2
Sustainability in ImagesP.3
Community Voices P.3
World Environment Day
June 5 was World Environment Day. Eminence and the Bangladesh Summit Secretariat organized a social media blast of facts and figures related to environmental concerns within Bangladesh. Conference organizer, Eminence, also compiled video messages and can be viewed here.
The Bangladesh Summit Secretariat is currently enlisting partners, sponsors, advertisers, and registrants and has identified a scope for media partnership. Conference organizer, Eminence, understands the value of effective media coverage and journalism for development and is eager to enlist well known national media. The secretariat had positive meetings with ATN Bangla and Dhaka Tribune with hopes of having both join the summit as partners for televised media and English print media partners respectively.
President of ATN Bangla, Mr. Nawazish Ali Khan, shared his insights on the value of media in exposing gaps in social development and drawing attention to areas of immediate need.
Mr. Murshid Hasan, Brand Executive for Dhaka Tribune also shared his interest in using the newspaper as a vehicle to promote the advancement of sustainable development and social development.
[I am] encouraged by the efforts of some governments to design policies based on comprehensive well-being indicators.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, International Happiness Day, 2012
Wouldn't we all benefit from living in societies that are more careful, more resourceful, more respectful and more forward thinking?
Jane Davidson, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
We're never going to scare people into living more sustainably! We have to be able to demonstrate just how dynamic and aspirational such a world could be.
Jonathon Porrit, Author, The World We Made, 2013
Gender equality is smart economics. Blocking women and girls from getting the skills and earnings to succeed in a globalized world is not only wrong, but also economically harmful.
Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist, World Bank, 2012
Sustainability in Words
Pacific DRM Platform Calls for Strengthened Action to Prevent Risk Accumulation, Build Resilience
Typhoon Haiyan known as Yolanda in the Philippines), a class 5 typhoon, hit the Philippines in November 2013, leaving excessive wreckage and deaths in its wake. Disaster Aid workers and relief funds rolled in for the recovery efforts, but the Pacific region decided that its strategic disaster planning must improve.
Source: Climate Change, Policy, and Practice, 4 June2014
In a video address, Secretary-General of UNISDR Margareta Wahlström said, "the Pacific is one of the first regions in the world to clearly foresee the obvious links between climate change, DRR and sustainable development policies" She underscored "no development can be sustainable without linking these three agendas together to be part of the same solution."
"The Pacific deserves its place among the world's best in terms of integrating its strategies," declared Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Minister for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Forests. Fekita Utoikamanu, Deputy Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), highlighted initiatives taken by Vanuatu and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to institute national policies on DRM.
The Statement outlines the Pacific community's position on a Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Statement, inter alia: emphasizes the importance of an inclusive process that involves the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), persons with disabilities, women and men, the elderly, youth, migrants and volunteers; and requests the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to organize regional collaborations for monitoring and review of DRR efforts in the Pacific, especially the expected Post-2015 Framework for DRR.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community hosted the Platform, in partnership with UNISDR.
Dr. Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank, has been very progressive in developing the Bangladesh economy while addressing the advancement of the poor. He uses his position to advocate for financial inclusion, understanding that financial services must be recognized as entitlements of all citizens.
Under the direction of Dr. Rahman, the Bangladesh Bank began an initiative to support small-scale farmers. The Bangladesh Bank allowed the famers to open a deposit account in any government owned bank with an initial deposit of only 10 taka and with no minimum balance restrictions or requirements. This allows farmers the opportunity to save and work towards investment, but also provides a secure means for the Ministry of Agriculture to deposit subsidies.
Furthermore, Dr. Rahman is very vocal in his advocacy of participatory pro-poor and decentralized national budgets, gender sensitive measures in government budget and development plans related to reducing economic vulnerability in the wake of disasters, and imposing bans on loans for tobacco farming to reduce consumption of the carcinogen.
Sustainability in Images
A boy looks past a heap of litter to the river; this is not an uncommon site as many waterways are only accessible through mounds of solid waste. Bangladesh is one of the most polluted nations in the world. Solid and chemical waste contaminates the waterways where many Bangladeshis fish for food and livelihood. On June 5, 2014, Bangladesh issued a "green tax" to discourage industry from polluting. The "green tax" requires payment of extra levies to be contributed to cleaning up the country. This will yield cleaner waterways and reduce air pollution.