Publish Date : 20th February, 2019
`Skilled man power and resource mobilization are the big challenges for sustainable development. To overcome these challenges both public and private partnership are essential for Bangladesh’ Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member of General Economic Division of Planning Commission said in his speech as the chief guest in 3rd International Conference on Sustainable development held at United International University on Tuesday, 19 February, 2019. This two-day conference was organized by the Institute of Development Studies and Sustainability of UIU. He also said, ‘The goals of sustainable development were included in the 7th five year plan of the government’.
‘An effective and robust science-policy interface at the global, regional and national levels is crucial to successfully facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ The key note speaker of the conference Dr. Kim van Nieuwaal, Director of Delta Alliance, Netherlands said in his speech. He also said that Delta Alliance of Netherlands is collaborating with government to materialize the Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100.
Director General of Environment Department Dr. Sultan Ahmed said, ‘Only 35 percent of wastage is used for recycling where rest 65 percent of wastage remain unrecycled which pollutes the ecosystem’. Within 5 or 7 years the rivers around Dhaka City and Some parts of Meghna river will be recovered, he added.
‘Setting goals is one thing and achieving them entirely another. So government and other stakeholders should come forward to identifying and sharing research findings, evidence-based solutions that can support the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ the discussants of the program said in their speeches.
The world community and world leaders face challenges to accelerate the 2030 Sustainable development Agenda and promote inclusive green growth. In its 70th General Assembly in September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets for the next 15 years. At least 92 scientific papers will be presented in this two days conference. One Plenary Session on opportunities and vulnerabilities of coastal zone: challenges of Bangladesh Delta Plan towards sustainability and another plenary session on the sustainability of Haor basin: scope and challenges of Bangladesh delta plan.
With the chair of Prof. Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahaman, Vice-Chancellor of UIU, Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Sr. Secretary) of General Economics Division of Planning Commission was present as the Chief Guest while Dr. Kim van Nieuwaal, Director of Delta Alliance Netherlands was the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Peter de Vries, First Secretary of the Netherlands Embassy and Dr. Sultan Ahmed, Director General of Department of Environment, Prof. Dr. Mahbuba Nasrin , Director of Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability of Dhaka University spoke in the Inaugural Session among others. The program was moderated by Prof. Dr. Hamidul Haq, Director of Institute of Development Studies and Sustainability of UIU.