Health Desk-- May 1, 2017: The speakers at a workshop on Sunday said it’s important to include children's issues in the national strategic action plan for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). They also said that children are most vulnerable to climate change which is an alarming for the nation.
They came up with the remarks while addressing a workshop styled "Bridging the policy gaps in child-centered adaptation and DRR” in the capital's The Daily Star Centre. Unicef Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) jointly organised the programme.
Children are more vulnerable to climate change than adults, said, Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, president of Inter-Parliamentary Union. Children consist of around 40 percent of the total population in Bangladesh and they breathe twice as faster than adults. As they breathe faster, they inhale more pollutants, he added.
Unicef Bangladesh representative Edouard Beigbeder said advocacy is needed in government sectors for inclusion of child-centred climate change adaptation in the national policy.
Atiq Rahman, executive director of BCAS, among others, spoke on the occasion.