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A reflection on Gobeshona 6 conference and way forward

  • Published at 02:43 pm March 18th, 2020
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The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) organized the four-day International Conference Gobeshona 6 based on Climate Change Research, at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB).

This year the event marked its sixth year as it took place from 20th January to 24th 2020. The Gobeshona Conference is an annual international conference on knowledge dissemination focusing on research practices that attract academics, practitioners, policymakers and delegates who are involved with work related to climate change and development.

Dr Andrew Norton, Director International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Sheela Patel, Chair of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Dr David Keith, Professor at Harvard University, hento Tshering, Least Developed Countries (LDC) Representation and Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP and Chairman Standing Committee of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), GoB and A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustee, IUB attended the closing ceremony.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury appreciated the depth of the subjects covered in the Gobeshona 6 and the importance of research to be in the frontline of climate change, saying. “We have to leverage science into technology to meet the deficit.”  He added that with 2020 transitioning into technology dependency, we have to work to leverage research into action, and the midpoint of this will be policy. Stating that “Gobeshona is a platform of good practices”, he mentioned he is keen on working long term, to identify action points from this conference that can help policymakers to bring a change for the people.

A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustee, IUB stated “We have to create leaders, and that is why we are here today.” He appreciated that Gobeshona is an event that brings individuals, policymakers, researchers, practitioners from all over the world. He added that he appreciates different stakeholders coming under one roof for the conference.

As the remnants of the 6th annual Gobeshona conference are sinking in and as we reflect on the promises to keep up the fight against climate change, Mother Nature quickly reminded us what is at stake. The Earth saw the hottest January in recorded history last month, continuing an alarming upward trend as the climate crisis accelerates. February was not kind either. The past month has been difficult for climate scientists and practitioners all over the world. The first week of February saw an iceberg a little bigger than the size of Dhaka breaking off from a glacier. Researchers also discovered a dramatic decline in Antarctic penguin colonies. In case all of that was not enough to make you at least a little concerned, yet another unusually high temperature was logged in the Antarctic Peninsula on February 9, at a record-breaking 22 degrees Celsius. 

Paving forward for the next year, Dr Saleemul Huq addressed the way forward for Gobeshona and his vision to take ICCCAD beyond as a global centre of excellence working in climate change capacity building. He declared the next Gobeshona 7 to take place on January 21-24, 2021. His vision and mission are an essential reminder to the world on Bangladesh’s role in tackling the growing issue of climate change. Gobeshona has not only become a platform to share ideas and knowledge; it has also become a centre to unite young scholars and policymakers to think about practical actions to fight climate change. We from the ICCCAD and the Gobeshona family earnestly believe that our actions and efforts will help shed some light for our next generation and Bangladesh.

Adnan Qader is working as Gobeshona Program Lead at ICCCAD. His research interest lies in Climate and Water Security

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