A gathering was held in honour of Bangladesh’s UN Representative Mr Abdul Momen on Sat 23 May, 6pm at the Montefiore Centre, East London organised by Sylhet Town Association (Sylhet Sohor Sommiloni).
Mr Abdul Momen was on his way to a climate change seminar in Edinburg and kindly agreed to meet Sylhet Townies and climate change activists to exchange views and update on Bangladesh’s position.
Chaired by Ansar Ahmed Ullah, Convenor of Sylhet Town Association and conducted by Murad Qureshi, London Assembly Member, Mr Momen said Bangladesh is seen as a model for economic development. Bangladesh has already met several targets of the UN Millennium goals like reducing poverty gap ratio, attaining gender parity at primary and secondary education, under-five mortality rate reduction and others. In addition, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in the areas of poverty reduction, increasing enrolment at primary schools, lowering the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality ratio.
On climate change he said, Bangladesh is the single-most vulnerable country to the impacts of rising sea levels. The country has the highest number of people exposed to hazards such as cyclones, storm surges, erratic rainfall and drought. The implications will extend to food security, energy, water, livelihoods, health and habitat. This will require cooperation, institutional responses and awareness amongst communities.
The gathering was attended by members of Sylhet Town Association & European Action Group on Climate Change in Bangladesh and guests included Najma Uddin, Husneara Matin, Khaleda Mushtaq Qureshi, author Nurul Islam, UK Awami Leagues’ president Sultan Shariff, ex MP Shofiqur Rahman Chowdhury, S U Ahmed Belal, Kois Chowdhury, Hamid Md, Syeda Shikha Sultana, Ajanta Dev Roy, Jamal Khan, Joya Qureshi, Ruhul Amin, Moynur Rahman Babul, Gulam Akber Mukta, Saiful Islam Mitu, Dabir Miah, Syed Shah Salim Ahmed, Shah Shamim, Abdul Hannan and Mazumder Miah amongst many others.