Training on “Implication of Climate Change Impacts to the Human Rights Obligations

Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) implemented a two-day training program titled “Implication of Climate Change Impacts to the Human Rights Obligations:  Policy spaces and options for safeguarding human rights under the UNFCCC process” on 10-11 February 2021 at BRAC Center Inn, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212. Professionals from several national and international organizations (e.g. UNDP, PKSF, Action Aid, Save the Children, Care Bangladesh, CIEL, Friendship, CCDB, YPSA, and so forth) participated in the training program.

Md. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of CPRD inaugurated the training program with a welcome speech. The scope of the training covered a number of vital issues; for instance,  i) fundamentals of human rights in light of global treaties, and Instruments and country obligations for human rights; ii) constitutional rights, major HR concerns, and the legal and institutional arrangements for ensuring human rights in the context of Bangladesh; iii) Scientific view of climate change and its impacts; iv) climate Justice and human rights nexus; v) implications of climate change to the human rights obligations from the perspective of climate-induced loss and damage and forced displacement; vi) scope of addressing human rights in the national development/climate plans and strategies (e.g., National Adaptation Plan-NAP, Nationally Determined Contributions-NDC and National Mechanism on Loss and Damage, etc.); vii) Human rights obligations to the Paris Agreement and to the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs); and viii) Actions by the relevant stakeholders in terms of knowledge generation and policy advocacy for defending human rights in the context of climate injustice.

A number of resource persons who are experts in their respective fields conducted the program; namely, Ms. Sanaiyya Faheem Ansari (Executive Director, Network for Research and Training (NRT)), Mr. Md. Shamsuddoha (Chief Executive, CPRD), Dr. Nurul Quadir (Climate Change Expert, Additional Secretary (Rtd), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC)), Mr. Mirza Shawkat Ali (Director, Climate Change and International Conventions, Department of Environment), and Dr. Md. Abdul Awal Khan (Associate Professor, Department of Law, Independent University, Bangladesh) illuminated the entire training sessions while unfurling their in-depth knowledge and experiences on the subject matters. Besides, two young and dynamic researchers from CPRD, Dr. Hoimonti Barua (Research Officer, CPRD) and Mr. Mohammad Akib Jabed (Senior Research Assistant, CPRD) carried out two other separate presentations and group discussions sessions.

Finally, the two-day program was wrapped up by remarkable comments, suggestions, and cordial gratitude.

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