A pre-conference newsletter of the Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 |Mission for 100 Years
A message from the Secretariat
The Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development is is knocking on our door! This week we have began planning an entertainment-filled Gala Dinner for special guests, session chairs, invited presenters, and other participants. We have launched the IndieGogo page where you can encourage your friends to give a little bit to make a BIG difference. We are excited to see our facebook page exceed 660 likes. The community response is really motivating for this event as well as the general support for Sustainable Development within Bangladesh.
We will be shortlisting the first batch of abstracts but will continue the submission date until July 30, 2014.
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 30, 2014 (extended)
“There can be no purpose more inspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us.” Edward O. Wilson, American Biologist and Author ‘The Diversity of Life’
“We need to secure the long-term future of our planet and its resources so future generations do not find themselves in a wasteland.” World Bank Group Goals Document
“Going forward, deepening national economic transformations, backed by strong governance and finance, will be critical to eradicating poverty and bringing prosperity, while accelerating and augmenting regional cooperation and integration. This will be key to unlocking the real potential of the region.” Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary, UNESCAP
We need to join forces to support cities and their leaders to take a sustainable development path. Zoubida Allaoua, Acting Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Jashim Uddin with moderation by Dr. Shamim Hayder Talukder. There were 15 participants in attendance. The partners discussed the final session and summit structure giving final clear delegation of organizational responsibilities.
The next partners meeting will take place this week to finalize resource mobilization strategies and encourage partners for funding outreach. The partners have been very supportive and active in promoting the summit and the impact is already visible with the incoming registration, abstracts, and inquiries.
Press Conference for Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014
A press conference for the Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 has been set for the morning of August 13, 2014. The press conference will be held in the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club, Shegunbagicha, Dhaka..
The press conference will feature discussion on the Bangladesh Summit and Bangladesh’s role as a global participant for ensuring sustainable development.
Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad will serve as the chief speaker.
Sustainability in Words
Economic Survey reiterates India’s stand on climate change, sustainability
Neha Sethi, July 9, 2014
NEW DELHI, INDIA-India won’t agree to any binding cuts on emissions as it has not utilized its fair share of the earth’s carbon space and still has to provide minimum standards of living to its entire population, the Economic Survey said, reiterating the nation’s stand in international climate change negotiations.Read More
Sustainability in Images
“Where is the River?”
Ensuring a conducive environment for trade and investment is an important step in eradicating poverty and developing a solvent sustainable development financing strategy. However, lack of sustainable transportation and overcrowding of river systems is counterproductive to the pursuit of sustainable development as it results in pollution of the natural environment and puts those who use the river at risk of injury, illness, or death. Increasing economic stability must not disqualify the other pillars of sustainable development; environment and social.
Photo Credit: Nuzhat Sharmin, Architect, Regional Development Planning, Dhaka; Contributor
The ‘Child Budgeting in Bangladesh’ sets out the case for a child budget in Bangladesh. The central premise of the report is that the Government should attempt to disaggregate budget allocations specifically for programmes that benefit children from the overall allocations made. This in essence is the “child budget” or budgeting for children, which is an analytical tool and reporting mechanism. It allows us to assess and report on how well the government’s policy and programme commitments are supported by financial outlay of public resources.
This is important for two key reasons: from a prospective outlook, monitoring the inter- and intra-sectoral allocations of the budget over time is necessary to assess their impact and allocative efficiency. Equally, a child budget or budgeting for children also enables us to map gaps retrospectively, and identify where there is no legal or programmatic commitment, meaning no financial commitment either.
Going forward, Save the Children and the Centre for Services on Information and Disability offer their support to the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Bangladesh in the efforts to make child budgeting into a reality. In that regard, SCiB and CSID are greatly encouraged by the Honorable Finance Minister’s Budget Speech in which he expressed the Government’s commitment to rolling out a child budget in FY 2015/16, and his restatement of this promise at the event.
In relation to this year’s World Population Day, this also aligns with the theme for ‘Investing in Young People, the Future We Want.’ The benefit of engaging youth and addressing child issues for sustainable development is inextricably linked.
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