A meeting with the Official of the Forest Department of the Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet-CCBD)was held on 06 May 2015 at the Forest Department Office, Dhaka. The IP group was lead by the expert member of UNPFii and Chairperson of BIPNet-CCBD and Maleya Foundation Raja Devasish Roy and the Bangladesh Forest Department group was lead by the Chief Conservation of Forest, Bangladesh Forest Department Md. Yunus Ali. Mr. AlamgirHossain, Programme Analyst of UNDP and Mr. Ishtiaq U. Ahmad, Country Representative of IUCN were also present in the meeting. A total of 11 Indigenous Peoples representatives and 08 Senior Officials of the Bangladesh Forest Department were present in the meeting.Read more...
Dhaka 26th June 2014. Today seven civil society right based networks express concern on the government’s non-allocation in climate fund in the proposed budget of FY 2014-15 and the silence of environment ministry about climate planning and international negotiation process. They said that this approach will give wrong signal to the international community about the country’s climate related program.
The groups have organized a press conference in national press club titled “Government Kept Silence on Climate Issues might give Wrong Signal to National and International Community” today. The organizers are Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Bangladesh Indigenous People’s Network on Climate Change and Bio-Diversity (BIPNetCCBD), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL), Climate Change Development Forum (CCDF), Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Somaj and Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD).
EquityBD’s Chief Moderator Rezaul Karim Chowdhury moderated the press conference while the other speakers are Dr Abdul Matin of BAPA, Pychimong Marma of BIPNetCCBD, Sobnom Hafiz of Somaj, Mostafa Kamal Akanda from EquityBD.Read more...
With an aim to familiarize the indigenous community members with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFii) and other different UN mechanisms, a full day long national level preparatory meeting took place in the capital’s Shyamoli area on 7 May 2014. The program was organized by Barrister Raja Devasish Roy and Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, in cooperation with Maleya Foundation and Centre for Integrated Programme and Development (CIPD).
[In the photo above, Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, current acting chair of UNPFii, is seen delivering his presentation, while Rabindranath Soren, Chairperson of Kapaeeng Foundation sitting beside him;]
[Photo: Maleya Foundation]
Nirupa Dewan, an honorable member of Bangladesh National Human Rights Council [NHRC] and indigenous Chakma woman herself, inaugurated the program which was divided into different sessions.
In one of the sessions, Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, current acting chair of UNPFii, delivered a power point presentation on ‘overview of the UNPFii’ focusing on the mechanism’s mandate, objectives and functions.
In the concluding session, a statement to the UNDP Bangladesh country director was prepared and signed by all the attending participants, highlighting the issue of UNDP’s role in promoting peace, good governance and development in relation to the rights of the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh.