The national budget is a reflection of government priority and policies. SUPRO believes that establishment of domestic ownership over development policies is one of the most important prerequisites for successful implementation of pro-poor policy reforms and good governance in Bangladesh. Proactive engagement of civil society and stakeholders in the process of policy design and implementation could address the challenges of eliminating poverty and inequality in Bangladesh.
The country's climate activists Thursday demanded exclusion of the World Bank's role in fiduciary management of Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF).
They also criticised the government's decision on increasing the service charge for the World Bank (WB) in initiating the fund.
Climate change campaigners from seventeen civil society organisations (CSOs) raised their voice in favour of forming a democratic ownership in all climate fund managements to bring transparency.
Government has to take the main responsibility of ensuring healthcare for all", speakers demanded that in a SUPRO organized human chain. The human chain was organized to mark the World Health Day, 7 April 2012, at 11.00 am in front of National Museum at Shahbag, Dhaka. SUPRO observed the day as part of its ongoing campaign for essential services. Along with SUPRO, its alliance members of Dhaka Campaign Group also participated in the event. This year's theme is "Good Health adds life to years". It focused on the importance of good health of the elderly people and to their healthcare needs.
Civil-society members Sunday urged the government to increase the volume of public investment in its social safety net and primary healthcare programs to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change.
They also called for incorporation of the social safety-net programme and healthcare service into the country's climate-change action plan.
They made the call from a seminar on Climate Change Strategic Plan 2009: Health and Social Safety Net.
The program was held in city's Dhaka Reporter's Unity auditorium jointly organised by Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) and Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD).
"The government's social safety-net program should ensure the livelihood climate-induced migrant people," said Syed Aminul Hoque of EquityBD.
According to International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), around 30 million people will be displaced due to climate change in Bangladesh, rendering them climate refugees, he said.
Social safety-net programme has to be stronger than that in present times, he said, to ensure the livelihood of these people.
Climate change will be responsible for increasing up to 5 percent of diseases in Bangladesh in near future, he said quoting World Health Organisation (WHO).
The government has a little focus on the health issue related to global warming in its climate strategic plan, 6th five-year plan and national annual plan, he added.
It entails at least Tk16000 crore government fund to ensure health services for poor people to implement Millennium Development Goals while the present allocation is only about Tk6000 crore annually.
Prof Dr M. A. Mannan MP addressing as chief guest stressed dissemination of information on climate change through to the upazila level for mass awareness.
Israfil Alam, a lawmaker, expressed the need for increasing fund for scientific research on climate change so that the actual fallout could be identified.
He suggested that all political parties should work together to meet the challenges of climate change in health sector.
Dr Nilufar Banu, executive director of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Institute for Environment and Development (IED), Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust, ASM Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, among others, spoke at the programme.
Published in Daily Sun.
Half of the world population is woman and it is not possible to reach towards inclusive development without all-round participation of women, and today's young girls are future women and with this view the theme of this year's International Women's Day has been chosen as 'Connecting Girls, Inspiring Future'. SUPRO being a rights based organization showed full solidarity with the theme and organized a Human Rally, Signing Campaign and Street Drama to observe the International Women Day on March 8, 2012 in front of National Museum, Dhaka.
Representatives from different likeminded organizations, Dhaka Campaign Group and other individuals actively participated in the Human Chain and many showed their full solidarity by signing on this year's slogan. A drama group from Dhaka University performed a street drama where the message was the importance of girls' leadership and connecting them in inclusive development process. From SUPRO, Uma Chowdhury, Director; Abu Ala
Mahmudul Hasan, Deputy Director; Mousumi Biswas, Coordinator; Kazi Shafiqur Rahman, Coordinator; Saif Udddin Ahmed, Coordinator; Md. Shariful Islam, Associate Coordinator; Shamima Akhter, Associate Coordinator and Md. Tariq-Ul-Hassan Khan, Associate Coordinator along with Unnyati Rani, member of SUPRO Dhaka Campaign Group and Executive Director of DEP; Firoja Begum, Executive Director, Bachte Shekho; Monsur Ali, Executive Director, Fulbari Protibondhi Shomity were present with many others and gave their speech.
The girls who are young now are the future leader and guardian of future generation and if they can grow up with proper education and health facilities they will be properly empowered to be self dependent both mentally and financially. And all the speakers emphasized on the importance of ensuring education, health, social safety for the girls to achieve inclusive development and equitable society.
In the Human Chain the speakers posed the following demands for ensuring girls' participation to achieve an inspiring and bright future:
• Reformation, improvement and required enactment of existing laws and policies which discriminate women
• Ensure realistic enforcement of CEDAW Charter
• Necessary steps should be taken to create public awareness regarding proper nutrition for girls and it should be ensured
• Enabling environment for spreading women education should be ensured and necessary steps should be taken to stop drop out from schools
• Law should be establish in accordance with the declaration of High Court regarding eve teasing and proper enforcement of the law should be ensured
• Safe working environment for the women should be ensured
• Proper execution of Women Policy should be ensured to establish a society without discrimination