Climate change has appeared as a major development challenge in recent times. Developing countries like Bangladesh, which are already struggling to achieve Millennium Development Goals due to weak governance capacities and resource constraints, are falling behind from the expected development due to climate change. The pervasive effects of climate change hovering over economic to social to political sectors that bind people of every stage in the society regardless of race, caste, ethnicity, sex, and level of income – are aggravating the situation to an irreversible state where food, water and income security are in more vulnerable than ever before. However, Unnayan Onneshan's (A progressive think-tank) view is unlike others. We consider climate change as an opportunity as well. Climate change impacts are testing our capacities to defend crises. Moreover, inconsistencies in the governance and institutions are coming forth in face of climate change impacts, which create opportunities to strengthen governance capacities that could contribute to broader development framework. Considering the facts, Unnayan Onneshan is continuously advocating to integrate climate change in the development agenda. The organisation is conducting research on various aspects of climate change ranging from climate change science to adaptation, mitigation and international, regional and local climate polices. The organisation is producing research reports, media articles, and policy briefs on above mentioned aspects; and organising workshops, seminars to create awareness among the stakeholders as well as contributing to capacity building. The programme of climate change at the Unnayan Onneshan drives three main activities such as Research; Advocacy, Policy advice and Engagement and Capacity Building.
The organisation is conducting research on various aspects of climate change ranging from climate change science to adaptation, mitigation and international, regional and local climate polices. Disaster management is another focus area under the climate change programme. The organisation is responding immediately to the sudden climate change induced events such as Cyclones, Storm Surges and exploring the cause and effect and finally proposing strategies to minimise losses incurred form those events.
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Advocacy, Policy Advice and Engagement
Creation of broad awareness of, and active support for, sustainable development in government, the private sector, NGOs, academia and the general public arena and Engagement with the government and other regional and international bodies to incorporate peoples perspective in the policy formulation and also to provide policy advice favouring National interest in the international climate change policy arena such as UNFCCC summit.
Capacity Buildingin Adaptation and Technology Use
Provision of high quality training to public and private organizations, NGOs and individuals to strengthen institutions and build capacity for adaptation, mitigation and use of climate friendly technology
Unnayan Onneshan is continuously publishing research reports in the website www.unnayan.org. Moreover, the organisation is arranging seminars, workshops to disseminate research reports to the stakeholders with the aim of influencing policy modules for change. In addition, every week the organisation is publishing policy briefs and opinions in renowned national and international dailies and weeklies as part of creating awareness among mass people and also to inform policy makers regarding contemporary climate research and policy debates and peoples’ perspective. Here some of the published articles focusing climate change:
Climate Change Negotiations: Whither agreements?- The Daily Star, 7th November, 2009
Agriculture, climate change and population growth- The Daily New Age, 11th November, 2009
A strong case for slum improvement- The Daily New Age- 22nd November, 2009
Uncertain negotiations in uncertain climate- The Daily New Age- 10th December, 2009
Climate change, food security and agro-economic growth- The Daily New Age- 11th December, 2009
Integrating indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation- The Daily New Age- 12th December, 2009
As a part of our dissemination process, we are continuously organising seminars, workshops, round table discussions. We are arranging in-house seminar in every Saturday in our conference room at Unnayan Onneshan premise to share research findings, opinions among researchers conducting research on diverse aspects. We believe that this ‘in-house’ seminar series would help to strengthen our researchers’ capacity to conduct interdisciplinary research and contribute positively to our move towards building a ‘knowledge based society’. The outcome of the seminars regularly updates in our website. We are requesting all to browse our website, www.unnayan.org and participate in our in-house seminars on every Saturday.
The high-up seminar on Climate Change organised by Unnayan Onneshan was ‘Financing for climate change- challenges and way forward’. The seminar was held in RDEC conference room, LGED from from16-17 August, 2009.