A human chain was formed in the city demanding that the Bangladesh delegates to the UN climate treaty take decisive action to address the corrosive influence of the fossil fuel industry on climate policy,
SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) and Corporate Accountability International jointly arranged the human chain in front of National Press Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14th May 2016, Saturday from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm . A number of environmental activists joined the programme.
SUPRO general secretary Md Arifur Rahman said, “Thanks to interference from big polluters; the Paris Agreement doesn’t go far enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change here in Bangladesh.”
“We, the people, urge our government leaders to take action in Bonn to eliminate the primary obstacle to more ambitious and aggressive action by showing big polluters the door,” he said.
It is projected that some 500 to 750 million people will be affected by water stress caused by climate change around the world by 2020. Low-lying coastal regions, such as Bangladesh, are vulnerable to sea level rise and increased occurrence of extreme weather condition.
In most countries like Bangladesh, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced to 50 percent by 2020. Being a country with increasing population and hunger, this will have an extremely adverse effect on it food security.
Speakers at a press conference demanded constitutional recognition of health as a fundamental right instead of a basic demand to ensure sound public health for all even to the remote areas. They also demanded immediate measures to stop rapid commercialization of health and to enhance budgetary allocation to 3.0 per cent of the GDP (gross domestic product) from the existing 0.74 per cent to bring people of all walks of life under the sound health coverage. They made the demands at a press conference organized by Sushasoner Jonno Procharavizan (SUPRO) on the eve of World Health Day 2016 in association with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Come to Work, Darpan, ISOL, Jago Nari, SDS, SETU, Sodesh Satkhira & YPSA at Dhaka Reporters Unity on 6 April 2016, Wednesday. SUPRO's Chairperson Ahmed Swapan Mahmud presided over the conference where former National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman and Chief Coordinator of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh Dr Mohammad Abdul Mazid spoke as the main discussant. General Secretary of SUPRO and Chief Executive of YPSA, Md. Arifur Rahman delivered his welcome speech and
National Council Member of SUPRO and Executive Director of SETU presented the keynote paper. They said the government must ensure community clinic service for every 6,000 people in accordance with the National Health Policy-2011 and to take proactive measures as far as smooth service and vigorous monitoring are concerned.
SUPRO organized a Human Chain on the eve of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016, Tuesday in front of National Press Club, Dhaka from 10.30 am to 11.00 am for Celebrating the Day on the theme of `Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality’.
Half of the world population is woman and it is not possible to reach towards inclusive development without all-round participation of women, and today’s young girls are future women and with this view the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day has been chosen as ‘ Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’. SUPRO being a rights based organization showed full solidarity with the theme and organized a Human chain, Rally and discussion meeting to observe the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016 across the country at national and local level (at 45 districts).