There is needs to a better cohesion and institutionalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with the Paris Agreement to ensure Bangladesh can successfully handle the challenges of climate change, opined experts at a conference on Monday.
Speaking at “Understanding Climate Change from SDG Perspective”, experts said the Paris Agreement (PA) for climate change and the SDGs go hand in hand as on agreement aims to address climate change in the context of both sustainable development and eradication of poverty.
The conference organised by International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at The Westin Hotel was chaired by Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) distinguished fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya.
Director of ICCCAD Dr Saleemul Huq stressed on the importance of institutionalising PA and SDG goals, saying: “Climate change is a crosscutting issue affecting existing conditions and threatening to negate previously made development progresses.
“Though Bangladesh government has already started the process of mapping and planning the implementation of SDGs as well as PA, the successful implementation and achievements of both of them cannot be done by the government ministries and agencies on their own.”
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya said: “Some of the changes induced by climate change include a rise in sea level, intensified natural disasters, degraded natural resources and displacement of population.
“The aftermath of these impacts spread across all social, economic and environmental sectors making in intrinsically linked to the achievement of all the other SDGs in Bangladesh,” he added.
Professor Emeritus at BRAC University Dr Ainun Nishat, The Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) Executive Director Dr A Atiq Rahman and Manusher Jonno Foundation Executive Director Ms Shaheen Anam were present at the seminar as panel discussants while Dr Shamsul Alam, senior secretary of General Economics Division (GED) under Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh spoke at the programme as chief guest.