Youths want to help build climate resilient city

Worried at the growing adverse impacts of climate change on Bangladesh, youths on Saturday called upon the government to engage them in the development process to build a climate resilient country livable for women, girls and youth-the worst vulnerable classes.

Over 500 students from the country’s public and private universities gathered at Dhaka University to discuss the issue of Disaster readiness towards building a sustainable Dhaka city at a two-day Youth Conference, titled “Model UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Dhaka+20)” at the Senate Auditorium on May 11-12.

Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique was present at the concluding ceremony of the programme, organised by United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) and ACT!VISTA, two youth networks supported by  ActionAid Bangladesh and United Nations Information Center (UNIC).

The participants also called upon the government to press the G20 countries for necessary assistance to help the poor communities combat climate change and ensure food security through sustainable agricultural development keeping youths at the centre of those initiatives as pledged at the COP 15 summit.

World leaders, head of states and members of civil society organisations will meet at the United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in mid-June this year to discuss the future of the world amid the rapid climate change. The conference could be an ideal place for the climate-affected countries like Bangladesh to demand compensation from the developed countries.

The youths also underscored the need for an equitable distribution of resources to ensure food security for the seven billion people.

The DU Vice Chancellor urged the government to utilise the talents and expertise of the youth in overall development process of the country. “Youths will be the helmsmen of the nation if it can nurture them properly,” Professor Siddique said.

Chairman of Dhaka University’s International Relationship Department Professor Delwar Hossain, ActionAid Bangladesh acting Country Director Asgar Ali Sabri, Fire Service & Civil Defense Director Major M M Motiur Rahman, United Nation Information Center Chief Kazi Ali Reza were, among others, present at the programme.

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •