Wednesday, 29 Sep, 2021

Open forum

Economic impact of gender based violence

No country can afford gender-based violence (GBV). In Bangladesh, the costs of GBV are estimated at 2.1 percent of the country’s GDP. Each day, violence stops a girl from going to school and prevents a woman from taking a job, compromising their future and the economic and social

Bangladesh leads on migration discussions

People do not make the decision to leave their homes lightly, but sometimes circumstances compel them to move. Many Bangladeshis leave home to pursue opportunities in the wider world. And tensions, conflict, and discrimination inside neighboring Burma have, over the years, led people from

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

To all fathers, sons and husbands: Every daughter has a father; every son has a mother; every husband, a wife.  As daughters, mothers and wives, we call upon the men of Bangladesh to stand with the girls and women they love.   Domestic violence is a problem in every country, but

Gender COP: Women in all aspects of climate change actions

DHAKA: The momentum achieved in Paris last year in embracing gender equality and women’s empowerment assurances in climate change decisions and actions reached greater heights this year in Morocco at the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP). In Marrakech, the Parties

Loss and Damage in COP: achievements or disappointments?

Over the last few decades, rise in climatic hazards associated to slow-onset and extreme weather events elicited the need for implementing Loss and Damage (L&D) along with adaptation and mitigation as a third pillar of climate action in developing nations that are the worst victims of

Improving global road safety and World Day of Remembrance

Road traffic crashes take the lives of nearly 1.3 million people every year, and disable millions more. Around 90 percent of road traffic deaths and injuries take place in low and middle-income countries. Road crashes have been acknowledged as a challenge by the United Nations and its

Trump’s Presidency: Survival or Demise of the Paris Agreement?

DHAKA: The second week of November has been no less than a ‘roller coaster ride’ for global climate change action. The month kicked off on a high note with Paris Agreement coming into force on last Friday, just two days prior to the 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP)

Interference of Business Groups in the UNFCCC

DHAKA: With Paris Agreement coming into full effect the next meeting of the Conference of Parties’ (COP), which is all set to kick off, has opened the floor for implementation talk in this year’s UN Climate Conference in Marrakesh at its 22nd session. All the same, Parties shall

Can Hilary beat Trump to make history?

Arafat Parvez DHAKA: Have you seen the famous HBO TV series ‘Game of Thrones’? Well, if you haven’t seen it because its fiction, then there is a better alternative for you. It is very real. It is the 2016 US presidential election. ‘The Game of Thrones’ story involves raw

Policy approach to ensure adaptation against climate change

Government is one of the key actors in shaping policy landscape as well as leading efforts for demonstrating national and global scale decision. Effective formulation and implementation play important roles for creating enabling environment to initiate and confirm actions against climate

Community-based adaptation against climate change

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Climate change is affecting all level of people and natural resources. In the changing world, natural renewable resources based adaptation can be identified as a great solution. Poor people in the world, especially in the South Asia, are facing most severe impacts of

Renewable energy, access to a sustainable world

Paris Agreement, the fastest climate accord to be ratified within a year from its adoption – has undoubtedly set off ‘possibilities’ to strengthen concerted global effort to address climate change with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and keep global temperature

Fossil fuel, tobacco industries need accountability approach

Fossil fuel burning and tobacco based industries are increasing day by day in the world and both of these are extremely rising in Bangladesh especially in Chittagong division. Fossil fuel burning is imposing significant threats through alternating parameters of different environmental

Momentous negotiations to address global health, climate change

The year 2016 may become a milestone in the history of safeguarding the interest of the earth and its people as the two most important UN conferences, COP22 (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) and COP7 (WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control), to address climate change and

Non-Conventional Maritime Threats for Bangladesh Security

DHAKA: Non-conventional threats become most important phenomena about maritime security issues, and they come from mostly non-state actors which directly threat maritime security issues. However, Bangladesh is facing most of the maritime security challenges from non-conventional

Accountability for fossil fuel industry: Path to climate justice

DHAKA: Global warming is happening and the primary cause of this change in climate is due to human induced greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. Today, global warming has already started to effect changes in our environment. It is evident that the situation will only

Ways to Tackle Extremism

DHAKA: We are horrified, we are spellbound! If, we try to find the roots of rising radicalism which are often breaching the fraternity and secularism of the mankind, every corner of the society can be blamed. But this is not the best time for blame game. Still, we have some way out to

Quality education must be another priority now

DHAKA: All European Bangladeshi Association (AEBA) senior executives recently visited Bangladesh to inform the senior policy makers about the Bangladesh Global Summit 2016 that AEBA is organizing in Kuala Lumpur in November. The team met among others ministers of planning, home, and

Where Bangladesh cricket is heading?

DHAKA: Would any cricket enthusiast believe that Bangladesh one of the most successful countries of World Cricket in limited over version in 2015 has not played any bilateral cricket series of any format in 2016? Seven of the twelve months of the year is going to be over soon. The only

Bangladesh in Transition

DHAKA: Bangladesh, the wonderful country of South Asia, is now on crucial transition from lower middle income to middle income country. Consistent achievement of impressive GDP growth over the past decade has put the country firmly on the highway of development. At this take-off stage