Over 63pc children at risk due to climate change
Staff Correspondent: Stressing on saving children from climate change effects, speakers at a programme called upon national and international organizations to incorporate children centred climate financing into their plans, actions and financing.
Over 63% children (1.20 crore) of our country are now at risk due to effects of climate change. They are affected most due to frequent cyclones, flood, untimely rainfall, draught, extreme heatwave and thunderstorm caused due to climate change, they said, citing a report of UNICEF.
In the 2018-19 fiscal year, about Tk.24 thousand crore has been allocated for dealing with climate change effects. But it did not clearly say how much of it will be used for the children, they said.
They remarked while addressing a national dialogue on climate financing on children at Conference Room of BRAC Centre Inn at Mohakhali in the capital today (July 15).
They called for creating an opportunity for children to have dialogue with the policymakers for recognizing climate financing for children.
Save the Children, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) of BRAC University, Australian Aid and Community Participation and Development (CPD) jointly organized the event.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Ainun Nishat, Adviser of the C3ER,BRAC University, said children at different parts of the world recently came to the streets in a bid to put pressure on their leaders to take steps for child centred climate change programems.
He called on children in Bangladesh to play the similar role here. Climate change, an emergency, is a matter of children, because children are the future, said Nishat, calling on children to force the government to act in their favour regarding the climate issue.
Dr. Nurul Quadir, additional secretary (Climate Change), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, attended as the chief guest.
Dr. Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, Director (Environment and Climate Change) of Palli Karma Sahayuk Foundation, presented the key note paper.
Mostak Hussain, Humanitarian Director of the Save the Children, AKM Mamunur Rashid, climate change specialist of UNDP, among others, spoke at the event, which was chaired by Moslema Bari, executive director of CPD.
Students from different schools in the capital took part in the dialogue.
In their interaction with the panelists, the students raised their voice about the need of the children focused climate change programmes.