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'187,000 displaced in recent floods in Bangladesh'

  • Published at 04:32 pm October 19th, 2019
Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh
UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Mia Seppo termed Bangladesh as very prone to disaster due to its geographical position

Some 187,000 people were displaced, during the latest floods, that mostly took place in northern Bangladesh this year, said UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo.

Mia Seppo made the statement while explaining the state of Bangladesh in terms of impact of climate change at the closing ceremony of the fourth CSD Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2019, organized by CSD-ULAB on Saturday. 

While explaining the impact of climate change, she said: “For Bangladesh, this is very concrete.... livelihoods are no longer sustainable in the coastal areas.”

Mia Seppo termed Bangladesh as very prone to disaster due to its geographical position.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), some 169 unions under 50 upazilas of 10 districts were affected by the floods during July, and early August. 

The flood also claimed 119 lives till August 3, according to DGHS.

Mia Seppo emphasized on the need to continue producing cutting-edge academic research to experiment, and innovate new ideas to achieve SDGs. 

The Director of Education for Sustainability, Professor Zoe Robinson of Keele University, while explaining the role of universities for achieving sustainable development, said the responsibility of the university is to take the lead of sustainability agenda through creating eligible leaders as 3% of students that attended universities take up 80% leadership throughout the world. 

Chief Guest of the program, deputy minister of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Habibun Nahar, said that without equal distribution of development throughout the country, it is not possible to attain sustainable development. 

“Teachers could play the biggest role here by motivating their students to work for the sustainable growth of the society without eyeing personal gain,” she added. 

Member of the ULAB Board of Trustees, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, said that there is no climate change deniers in Bangladesh. "They live with it everyday... they see it everyday, and they feel it everyday." 

He thanked all the participants, and organizers of the conference for creating an opportunity to express their thoughts, to make the country the way the future generations are expecting. 

The vice chancellor of the university, Prof Dr HM Jahirul Haque, chaired the session.

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