8 March 2023 - 8 March 2023
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Room 403, Durham University Business School
This panel discussion for staff and students will explore the emergence of Bangladesh as a leader in international negotiations on climate change and how the country will balance its fast economic growth with its sustainability agenda. This free event will also include lunch and networking.
Registration is now closed.
In the last few years Bangladesh has emerged as a leader in the international negotiations on climate change. As a signatory of the Paris Agreement, Bangladesh has pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 15% with respect to Business as Usual by 2030. The stakes are high as transition to a more sustainable economy must be coupled with sustained economic growth and inequality reduction. Will Bangladesh continue to lead and be a beacon for emerging economies? Is the fast economic growth of Bangladesh consistent with its sustainability agenda? Who will gain and lose from this transition? What is the role of international cooperation for Bangladesh's journey towards net zero?
Confirmed panellists include:
Lunch 12.00 pm – 1.00pm: ‘Bangladesh themed’ Buffet lunch and networking (DUBS Lounge)
Welcome Session (MHL 403)
1.00pm - 1.05pm: Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green, Member of the House of Lords (online)
1.05pm - 1.10pm: Professor Kieran Fernandes, Associate Dean for Internationalization, DUBS
1.10-1.15pm Professor Maksud Kamal, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Dhaka
Panel Session 1: Climate Policy Framework [Chaired by Dr Laura Marsiliani]-(MHL 403)
1.15pm - 1.20pm: Introduction by the Chair
1.20pm - 1.30pm: "Institutional Policy Framework for Achieving the Bangladesh Paris Agreement Commitments" Professor Maksud Kamal, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Dhaka
1.30pm - 1.40pm: "Policy Insights for Achieving the Bangladesh Paris Agreement Commitments" Dr Habib Rahman, Department of Economics, Durham University Business School
1.40pm - 1.50pm: "Gender Integration in Energy Policies and the Climate Issue: The Bangladesh Perspective” Dr Sakib Amin, Department of Economics, North-South University Bangladesh (online).
1.50pm - 1.55pm: Contribution by Durham University Students
1.55pm - 2.05pm: Q&A session
Panel Session 2: Adaptation and Mitigation Practices [Chaired by Dr Habib Rahman] (MHL 403)
2.05pm - 2.10pm: Introduction by the Chair
2.10pm - 2.20pm: "Climate Change in Bangladesh: A Human Development Perspective" by Dr Mahfuz Kabir, Director, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh (online)
2.20pm - 2.30pm: "Energy Price Reforms and Decarbonisation in Bangladesh" by Dr Laura Marsiliani, Department of Economics and Centre for Environmental and Energy Economics (CE3), Durham University Business School
2.30pm - 2.40pm: "Best Practices in Climate Change Adaptation" by Dr Bayes Ahmed, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College London (UCL) and Director UCL Humanitarian Institute
2.40pm - 2.45pm: Contribution by Durham University Students
2.45pm - 2.55pm: Q&A session
2.55pm - 3.00pm: Professor Michael Naef, Head of the Department of Economics, DUBS
Followed by refreshments and networking (DUBS Lounge)