Following a recent visit by Dr. Ian Fry, the Special Rapporteur for the promotion and protection of Human rights in climate change, a roundtable discussion was held on 30 October 2022 at 4:00 pm at the Six Seasons Hotel. The discussion session was organized by the UN in Bangladesh and the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) to facilitate a dialogue on how best the recommendations can support Bangladesh.
A vibrant discussion followed the brief interventions by speakers, including interventions from various Ministries, Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, a member of the world Biodiversity commission, Ms. Fahmida Khatun from the Center for Policy Dialogue, and the Ambassador of Sweden, among many others. Participants emphasized government-civil society partnership and regional dimensions of river water distribution. Over 40 climate experts, civil society organizations working with climate change, UN agencies, development partners, and members of the media gathered to discuss not just the Special Rapporteur report, but also propose concrete recommendations for the way forward. Agriculturist Afifat Khanam Ritika, Research Officer, Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) participated in the roundtable discussion session and shared her opinion in line with sustainable ocean utilization to continue the prosperity of the country in the era of climate change.
Gwyn Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh moderated the whole session.