The closing ceremony of 4-day long “Gobeshona International Annual Conference for Research on Climate Change in Bangladesh” took place on January 11, 2017 at the Auditorium of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in Bashundhara, Dhaka. Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Forests of the government of Bangladesh Mr. Anwar Hossain Monju, MP graced the program as the Chief Guest while Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, President, Inter-Parliamentary Union was present as Special Guest. The Keynote Paper in the Ceremony was presented by Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of ICCCAD at IUB and Dr. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BACS) talked about carrying all agenda forward and implementing them with involvement of all stakeholders.
In his speech, Mr. Rashed Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB explained the significance of organizing this program at IUB. He thanked everyone for making the Conference a grand success and urge upon the organizers to include more and more young researchers with “Gobeshona” endeavors.
The session was chaired by Prof M Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, IUB. Prof Rahman appreciated the relentless efforts researchers are making towards handling climate change issues. He highlighted the outcomes that “Gobeshona” has seized so far on environmental and climate change factors.
The Chief Guest of the Program Mr. Anwar Hossain Monju, MP underscored that the government has given highest priority on environment and combating climate change issues. This international conference will bring the researchers, academics, activists and relevant experts together to express their opinions and valuable recommendations that will lead shaping the future policy of the government, the minister underlined. Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, the President of Inter-Parliamentary Union emphasized on collective national and international efforts to fight the negative impacts of climate change and expected international support for Bangladesh to mitigate the loss induced by climate change. Mr. Chowdhury informed the session that Bangladesh is making significant role in international arena to create a common platform that can handle climate change issues effectively and efficiently.
Organized by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at IUB and supported by USAID, the Conference started from January 8, 2017. Almost 200 national and international researchers including representatives from the government of Bangladesh took part through six plenary and fourteen parallel sessions on various climate change issues and topics.
A large number of participants from home and abroad, faculties and senior officers of IUB, students and development activists from different national and international NGOs were present in the closing ceremony.