Published:  12:23 AM, 14 September 2017 Last Update: 01:20 AM, 14 September 2017

Call to address kids' climate change risk

Terming Bangladesh as one of the vulnerable countries due to global climate change, speakers at a workshop called for taking up steps to address the risks and vulnerability of the children due to the climate change. "The children are the most vulnerable section of our society. Disasters always heighten their vulnerabilities in many ways and lead to an increased risk of neglect, separation, abandonment, abuse, economic exploitation and violence," they said.

The made the remarks while addressing the workshop for sharing a draft action plan on child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital yesterday.

The speakers stressed on developing action plan for child-centered DRR and climate change adaptation for protecting the rights of the children. The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and UNICEF jointly organized the workshop.

Prof Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary) of the General Economic Division of Planning Commission, attended the workshop as the chief guest. Mohammad Mofizul Islam, Secretary, IMED of Planning Ministry, Muzib-Ul-Ferdous, Project Director, IMED of Planning Ministry, Dr Mohammad Jahangir Hossain, Director, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Sheema Sen Gupta, Deputy Country Representative of UNICEF-Bangladesh, spoke at the program with Dr Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of BCAS, in the chair.

The validation workshop was participated by government level decision makers and policy planners, development practitioners, civil society representatives, academicians and researchers, donor agencies, NGOs and INGOs. Dr Dwijen Mallick, Fellow and Head of the Publication and Communication Division of BCAS, Dr Samia Saif, Fellow of BCAS, jointly presented the keynote paper.

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