Tuesday, 29 December 2009

[creative-radio] DHAKA, Dec 28 - Community Radio at southern region soon


Community Radio at southern region soon | UnnayanNews
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Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad today said community radio would be
introduced forthwith at the country's south part, considered as most
vulnerable to.

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad today said community radio would be
introduced forthwith at the country's south part, considered as most
vulnerable to natural calamities.

He described the region as mush exposed to disaster in comparison to
others and said post-disaster response could be prompted in the region
with successful introduction of the community radio.

The minister was inaugurating at a daylong workshop on 'Experience sharing
on climate Change, Natural Disaster and Response Mechanism' in the Senate
Hall of Dhaka University (DU) here. United Development Initiatives for
Programmed Actions (UDDIPAN), an NGO, and Centre for Disaster and
Vulnerability Studies (CDVS), a newly introduced centre of the DU to
provide post-graduate degrees on climate change, have jointly organized
the workshop.

Prof of the CDVS Dr Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain in the chair chaired. Vice
Chancellor of the university Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique spoke as special
guest while adviser of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP)
Dr SM Morshed moderating. UDDIPON executive director M Emranul Huq
Chowdhury, deputy country director of save The Children, Sweden-Denmark
Shamsul Alam Bakul, professors of different departments of the DU, climate
experts, scholars, dignitaries and representatives from NGOs and
development partners joined the workshop.

The Information minister said the disaster issue got priority at the
present context, but it is unfortunate that Bangladesh has no adequate
preparation to face any large scale earthquake.

Besides, he said, it is not possible to reach densely populated urban
areas with fire fighting equipments if any earthquake occurs. He slammed
developed countries for pushing developing countries including Bangladesh
towards juggernaut of climate change saying that at around two crore
people might be climate refugees if sea level rises to one meter caused by
the perilous impact of climate change.

Azad put emphasis on increasing coordination among experts, NGOs and
government agencies for tackling the climate change in a coordinated
manner. Prof AAMS Arefin said information of the coastal people must be
shared among the new generation so that they can mitigate the challenge by
utilizing their knowledge and expertise.

M Emranul Huq favoured keeping the climate change issue out of politics
and therefore coordination could play a significant role in addressing
the challenge efficiently. Each educational institutions ranging from
primary school to university level should have compulsory climate change
knowledge, said Prof Dr Khondoker Mokaddem.

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