Bell School PhD scholars co-author Bangladesh's National Strategy on Climate Displacement

Bell School PhD scholars co-author Bangladesh's National Strategy on Climate Displacement

15 December 2021

The Bangladesh government has announced a $37 billion budget to tackle climate change.

The budget is based on its 2021 National Strategy on Internal Displacement Management, and is co-authored by Zohra Akhter and Towheed Islam. Zohra and Towheed are PhD scholars in the Department of International Relations and the Department of Political and Social Change respectively in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to global climate change. As climate extremes continue to unfold at an accelerating rate, the Bangladesh government recognises its exceptional vulnerability to climate change, particularly the grave implications climate displacement has on individuals and communities.

Zohra and Towheed noted, “Going beyond Bangladesh’s traditional relief-oriented approach to internal displacement, we introduced a comprehensive and realistic rights-based framework that respects, protects and ensures the rights of disaster and climate induced internally displaced persons in different stages of displacement”.

The Strategy was initially drafted in 2015 and underwent a painstaking process from the initial drafting to the final adoption. The Strategy was officially launched at the COP26 Summit this year in Glasgow and earned a wide positive reception from Bangladeshi delegates and decision makers.

Read more about the Strategy here.

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