The two-day long Annual Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 organized by Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) concluded on Friday.
The international conference provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from the government, academia, international agencies, NGOs, INGOs and grassroots activist to share practical solutions towards achieving sustainable development goals (SGD).
The conference aims is to identify and share empirical research findings and practical, evidence-based solutions and public-private collaboration that can support the SGDs, particularly focusing on 8 of the SDG goals – clean energy, sustainable cities, water and sanitation, climate action, end hunger, production and consumption and life below water and on land.
The inaugural speech at the conference was delivered by Md Abdul Karim, managing director of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation and attended by Prof A Veeramani, professor emeritus, College of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan, Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed, vice-president of the Board of Trustees ULAB, Prof Imran Rahman, vice-chancellor of ULAB and Dr Samiya Selim, director of CSD of ULAB.
Abdul Karim explained the scope of the SDGs in Bangladesh, especially in terms of international contexts.
“To achieve the SDGs, high powered committees were formed under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Bangladesh,” he said.
He added the government, private sectors, NGOs, INGOs and Civil Society all have important roles in implementing the SDGs.
“Businesses have one of the most important roles to play. By introducing sustainable production methods, they can help achieve SDGs as well as improving the GDP,” he explained.
The conference featured a total 41 research papers representations that has been selected from over 150 applications.
Abu Hayat Mahmud