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‘Nothing for us, without us’

By Justus Wanzala Makuleni, Kenya, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) – Julia Mutua is a resident of Kalawa ward in the semi-arid Makueni County in Eastern Kenya and a member of a women’s farmers group that runs a poultry project. “Women are increasingly playing a key role in economically uplifting of their households, unlike before, but they need access to affordable ... Read More »

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

Islamabad, Feb 18 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where Saudi officials signed agreements worth $20 billion to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis. Prime Minister Imran Khan and top government and military officials greeted him at Islamabad’s airport, where he received a 21-gun ... Read More »

Plan taken up to preserve historic Suhrawardy Udyan

Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) – The government has taken a mega plan over Suhrawardy Udyan to help the posterity know all the historic moments that it witnessed, including the historic March 7, 1971 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Senior ruling party MP and former Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain disclosed it in ... Read More »

A green new deal for Europe

By Massimiliano Santini and Fabrizio Tassinari Florence – Earlier last month, Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned from his post as World Bank president, leaving a pillar of the international financial order without leadership or direction. Kim will join a private equity firm, where he believes he can “make the largest impact on major global issues like climate change.” True, the ... Read More »

Bd inks MoUs with Holland for water-sector capacity building

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – Bangladesh and the Netherlands have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for capacity building of the water sector in Bangladesh. The Water Resources Ministry signed the MoUs — one with Deltares, a prominent Dutch research organisation involved in water-related research, and the other with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, a world famous Dutch ... Read More »

Only immediate climate action can save the future

by John Scales Avery Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A new book. I have written a 396-page book about the steps that are urgently needed in order to save the future for our children ... Read More »

Dredging of 25 rivers underway, Minister tells Parliament

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Thursday told parliament that the dredging of 25 rivers, including 13 almost dead ones, are now underway to maintain the navigability of river routes. “The ongoing dredging work on the 25 rivers will be completed by 2026,” he said. The state minister came up with the remarks ... Read More »

PM Hasina goes on a week-long visit to Germany, UAE Thursday

Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s first overseas tour in her third consecutive term in office will further boost Bangladesh’s image abroad as she carries a big example of development, says Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday. “She has a big example of development in her pocket. I believe the entire international community will want ... Read More »

Elevated expressway to partially open next year: Quader

Dhaka, Feb 13 (UNB) – Parts of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway (airport to Moghbazar) will be opened after the second phase of the public–private partnership project finishes, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said Wednesday. He said the first phase of the PPP project from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to the Banani Railway Station will be completed by June this year. ... Read More »

PM to open Karnaphuli Tunnel boring work Feb 24

Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) – Boring work on the Karnaphuli Tunnel will begin on February 24 next, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the excavation work of the Karnaphuli Tunnel by starting the tunnel boring machine on February 24,” he said. The minister was talking to reporters after attending a ... Read More »

Bd NGOs Network for Radio, Com in UN SDG Media Compact

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is among more than 39 media organizations from across the world that have come together to form a Global SDG Media Compact aimed at advancing awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). United Nations the SDG Media Compact aimed to scale up engagement on the Goals as a founding SDG Media ... Read More »

HR action must lead to real changes in Bangladesh: UN

Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo on Sunday said human rights action must lead to real, tangible changes in the lives of people in Bangladesh.  “If we all work on it jointly in partnership, it can be done. Because that’s what human rights for all is all about: progress through action, impact and change,” she said. ... Read More »

Transforming economies – building evidence of achieving SDGs

HELSINKI, Finland, Feb 8 2019 (IPS) – Following on from Finn Tarp, my predecessor, is a daunting prospect, but I look forward to working with my colleagues at UNU-WIDER and with our many partners to build on the achievements of the past 10 years. I was first acquainted with UNU-WIDER as a graduate student in the United States in the ... Read More »

Empowered women driving Bd’s dev journey: Envoy to Holland

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal has said women in Bangladesh are driving its development journey in a bigger way as Bangladesh’s economic transformation is driven, in large part, by social changes, starting with the empowerment of women. Ambassador Belal made the remarks while speaking in a high-level seminar at the International Criminal ... Read More »

President emphasises national unity to achieve prosperity

Dhaka, Jan 30 (UNB) – President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday called for forging a unity of all on basic issues mentioning that peace and prosperity cannot take the permanent shape without the national unity.  He also urged all the MPs from both the treasury and opposition benches to play an appropriate and effective role in fulfilling the expectations of people. ... Read More »

AIIB sees infrastructural development in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh will remain a priority market for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2019 despite infrastructure stakeholders’ concerns about inflationary pressures and their projected depreciation of the taka, said a new report released on Tuesday. According to the inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, there continue to be significant infrastructure investment opportunities across Asia, including ... Read More »

Eat plants, save the Planet

While the modern agricultural system has helped stave off famines and feed the world’s 7 billion residents, the way we eat and produce food is posing a threat to future populations’ food security. Read More »

Recast of Delta Plan 2100 based on local experience urged

Dhaka, Dec 12 – The Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 came under serious scrutiny at an international seminar organized in Dhaka on Friday. Speakers at the seminar said that a plan modelled on the Netherlands would not work in Bangladesh because while the Dutch Delta was stable while the Bangladesh Delta, the world’s largest, was very active and dynamic. Read More »