Bangabandhu Youth Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change concluded - Nai Ummid

Bangabandhu Youth Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change concluded

27 December 2021, Kathmandu, Nepal: ‘Bangabandhu Youth Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change’ organized by the BangladeshEmbassy in Kathmandu concluded today at the embassy premises. The Conference was organized as a part of the celebration of the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in collaboration with NepalBangladesh Youth Conclave. Around eighty youth participants from various universities of Bangladesh and Nepal took part in the conference.

The programme began by paying deepest homage to the Father of the Nation, his martyred family members and all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the glorious War of Liberation in 1971. During the discussions that followed, the speakers recalled Bangabandhu’s life-long struggle to ensure a happy and prosperous future for his countrymen and to build a society free from poverty and exploitation. This was followed by screening of a few documentaries on the life, sacrifice and achievements of BangabandhuSheikh Mujibur Rahman in the creation of an independent sovereign state.

Ambassador Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, in his closing remarks, mentioned that Bangladesh Nepal relations were based on the strong foundations of mutual trust and confidence. As both the countries were facing similar developmental challenges and both graduate from the LDC category at the same time, there were immense potentials for cooperation in different areas including trade and investment. He highlighted that both Bangladesh and Nepal were blessed with a large number of young populations, and as such, both the countries were enjoying demographic dividends which, if utilized property, could boost economic growth substantially. As future leaders and decision-makers, he urged upon the youths to study the various aspects of the sustainable development goals, climate change issues and post-LDC graduation challenges. Ambassador Chowdhury also stressed on the importance of such youth conferences in consolidating the socio-cultural connectivity and strengthening the relations of two friendly countries like Bangladesh and Nepal.

The conference discussed how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could boost economic growth and at the sometime maintain balance in society. Around twenty presentations on these topics were made by the participants which concluded with a fourteen-points declaration with various pledges and commitments to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change.

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