A pre-conference newsletter of the Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 |Mission for 100 Years
A message from the Secretariat
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended. We have received many diverse and evidence-based report summaries but are looking for more. The attention and discussion regarding the themes and session is very energizing.
The 6th partners meeting is in the planning stages and we are looking forward to a synergistic session of sharing followed by a lunch hosted by PKSF…coming soon!
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We are still collecting abstracts for summit sessions. Please share your related work or research with us through http://www.bangla deshsummit.org/submit/ submit-abstract
Abstract submissions due: July 31, 2014 (extended)
“When we devote attention and resources to the education, health and wellbeing of adolescent girls, they will become an even greater force for positive change in society that will have an impact for generations to come. On this World Population Day, let us pledge to support adolescent girls to realize their potential and contribute to our shared future.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for World Population Day, 11 July 2013
“My aim is to achieve sustainable change, not just make a cute little makeover” Jamie Oliver, British Celebrity Chef
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy, and sustainable human development” Kofi Annan, Ghanaian Diplomat
PSDA Climate and Population Photo Contest--Through the Lens of the Development Photographer
The Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA) Climate and Population Photo Contest has entered the final phase of the project. A total of 69 submissions were received from all over Bangladesh and abroad, from which 30 winning photos have been selected. Captions for each of the winning photos are being drafted for the photo book based on the photographer’s message, inspiration, and intention. The graphic design team at Eminence is beginning work on designing the final product. The final book will be available by end of July 2014. Keep following Journalism for Development for progress updates regarding this initiative.
UNESCAP Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing
Eminence CEO, Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder and Associate Coordinator, Alyson Hayes, attended the UNESCAP Asia Pacific Outreach Meeting on Sustainable Development Financing in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 10-11, 2014. They attended as part of a representational group of Civil Society Organizations and to gain more knowledge and insight on this technical and critical aspect of sustainable development.
Sustainability in Words
"A rusted sign for the program, officially called Payments for Forest Environmental Services, in Lam Dong Province. Experts are now wondering whether the program is environmentally or financially sustainable."
KALKILL, Vietnam — Before the patrollers spotted the interlopers, they heard the sounds of illegal logging.
When the two groups finally met, violence erupted and rocks flew, according to one of the patrollers, Huynh Van Nghia. He later spent months recovering from injuries he received in the scuffle, which occurred in a forest near the village of Kalkill in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. A few of the two dozen loggers were wounded, too, he added... Read More
Sustainability in Images
"Luxury on wheels, Life on Garbage"
There is an ever growing dichotomy between the very rich and the very poor in Bangladesh. Lack of access to adequate nutrition, housing, health services and education contributes to this ever increasing gap. Climate change will only further increase the vulnerability of the very poor.
Photo Credit: Md. Sazid Rezwan, Contributor
Mr. Leo Kenny, Country Coordinator, UNAIDS Bangladesh, shared his outlook on the sustainable development goals. He stated that although addressing all social development sectors in critical, at the core of the SDGs there must include promotion of equity and equality, primarily gender equality.
UNAIDS is actively collaborating with Civil Society Organizations to maintain awareness and inclusion of the HIV/AIDS response as a cross-cutting issue in the post-2015 development agenda. As part of their efforts, they are reviewing social discrimination of at-risk populations and people living with HIV through the Stigma Index.
Moreover, UNAIDS coordinated a Consultation Workshop on Civil Society Engagement in Post-2015 Discussions for HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh. The workshop served to identify key areas of need for reaching zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths. At-risk populations discussed specific suggestions for maintaining the HIV/AIDS response in the post-2015 development agenda including environmental, economic, and social components.
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