Bangladesh Summit Newsletter June 11, 2014

Issue 2014 | Volume 4 | June 11, 2014 | View it online
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Progress Report P.1

Sustainability in Words P.2

Quote Corner P.2

Sustainability in ImagesP.3

Community Voices P.3

Progress Report

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.
Messages highlighted the United Nation Environment Program's theme "Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level.
Scope for Media Partners
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.

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
Delegates called for a Post-2015 Framework for DRR to link, where appropriate, with the expected 2015 climate change agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call came at the conclusion of the Sixth Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The statement, titled 'Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific,' calls for a "whole-of-society" approach to prevent and reduce disaster risk.
The Pacific Platform, which convened in Suva, Fiji, is part of a series of consultations leading up to the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Japan. The World Conference, set for March 2015, is expected to adopt a global framework on disaster risk to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
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.

During the Platform, UNISDR presented the inaugural Pacific Innovation & Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR) to Caritas Australia, the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), and the Pacific Disability Forum for their work with vulnerable populations on disaster awareness and preparedness.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community hosted the Platform, in partnership with UNISDR.
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.
Photo Credit: Farhana Afrose Jahan, Eminence