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Youth Conference on Climate Change
Barisal 2017
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Youth Conference on Climate Change 2017, Barisal

Bangladesh with a population of nearly 150 million is one of the densely populated countries of the world (BBS,2011). The geographic location at the convergence of the three great rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna – and near the Eastern Himalayas makes Bangladesh vulnerable to natural hazards like floods, cyclones and occasional earthquakes (7th five year plan, 2015). The country is considered to be one of the most vulnerable to climate change because its disadvantageous geographic location; flat and low lying topography; funnel shaped coastline challenged by its high population density; high level of poverty; and reliance of various livelihoods on climate sensitive sectors, including agriculture, fisheries and water resources. Indeed, climate change poses a significant threat to the country. On average, approximately, 25% of the total area is flooded every year (BCCSAP, 2009). Due to the rise in the average sea level, an additional 14% of the country may be extremely vulnerable to floods by 2030(7th five year plan, 2015). According to the IPCC 4th assessment report, Global mean surface temperature is projected to rise by 1.1 C-6.4 C by the end of the 21st century. As a result, the impact of climate changewill not only hamper the people’s life of Bangladesh, it will also disrupt to achieve thekey results of Sustainable Development Goals for Bangladesh.

Impact of climate change on Children:
Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of climate change due to their underdeveloped physiology and immune system, as well as their sensitivity to high-impact negative events during the early stages of their development. Mortality rate is also higher for children during disaster. Thus, children are deprived of fulfilment of their rights in the area of survival, development, and participation. The impact of climate change on children is summarized as follows in the Draft strategy note on climate change and environmental sustainability of UNICEF Bangladesh: • Cyclones, floods, rising sea levels, tidal surges, and river erosion are damaging and destroying infrastructure critical to children’s well-being, including schools, health facilities, latrines, houses, and roads. • Floods, increasing salinity, and droughts are destroying crops and trees, disrupting water systems, and contaminate water resources, reducing children’s access to safe water and nutritious food. • Seasonal shifts, salinity, increasing temperatures, and more erratic rainfall patterns are eroding livelihoods, increasing poverty and leaving families struggling to meet their most basis needs. • Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns are exacerbating the spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, which disproportionately affects children. • Land loss from flooding and river erosion, dwindling water supplies, and failing climate-sensitive livelihoods are increasing migration, disrupting families and increasing vulnerability of displaced children. • Increase internally displaced people in the embankments and in newly appeared island with very minimum or no services/facilities for children and women. The Government of Bangladesh have also recognized the children’s vulnerability due to the impact of climate change in the strategy and action plan 2009. The needs of the poor and vulnerable including women and children, will be mainstreamed in all activities under the action plan.

The Youth Conference on Climate Change 2017, Barisal:
The Divisional Commissioner of Barisal Division, the Office of the Divisional Director of the Department of Environment and Forest, Barisal and UNICEF Barisal Office jointly organizing the Youth Conference on Climate Change 2017, Barisal engaging Youth groups, Universities NGOs aiming to promote and engage the youths to address the challenges of the impacts of climate change. About twenty five youth groups formed a network in Barisal to work together on climate change issues. They intend to raise their voices on climate change impact, mobilize people, advocate with policy leaders and key stakeholders and respond against climate change vulnerabilities. The youths will be the centre of organizing the conference on climate change in Barisal which will give an opportunity to participate, share the experiences of climate change impact, vulnerabilities and works to do in future. This conference will also help to build capacity of youth networks and other stakeholders on climate change issues. Beside the formal opening and closing sessions to be graced by the high profile policy makers and key Govt. high officials, there will be series of capacity building and technical sessions at different venues of Barisal city and Barisal University. About five hundred youths, of them majority will come from remote islands and coastal areas of coastal district, academicians, researchers, experts, Climate change activists, CSOs and Govt. officials will participants in this two-day events. The conference will create opportunities to learn from the youths on how the impacts of climate change are affecting the lives of the children, women, youths and their families from youths and good practices presentations from Govt. Depts., Academia and NGOs on the adaptation and coping mechanism. There will be 20 technical sessions and 3 Capacity building events by the CC/DRR experts and civil society organization. Two legendary experts Prof. Inun Nishat and Mr. Golam Rabbani will speak to the youths in opening and closing sessions. There are some pertinent site events are planned such as- photo gallery (visualize the realities of the impact of CC/DRR), debate competition, drama, cycle rally and cultural programs. The Conference organizers attempted development and printing of several documents and communication materials such as posters, booklet of the presentation, folders, festoon, and banners to communicate with the audience and disseminate the messages. Besides utilization of social media, the conference organizers also developed their own web portal: The fbTV Barisal will live telecast the conference.

Why YCCC 2017 in Barisal?
In fact, Barisal Division is located at coastal belt. A vast areas of Barisal Division, especially, coastal parts, islands and islets are climate change hotpots. Several studies indicate that the coastal zone vulnerability would be acute due to the combined effects of climate change, sea level rise, subsidence and changes of upstream discharge, cyclone andcoastal embankments (BCAS, RA andApprotech, 1994; WB, 2000). Four keytypes of primary physical effects i.e. salinewater intrusion; drainage congestion; extreme events; and changes in coastal morphology have been identified as keyvulnerabilities in the coastal area of Bangladesh (WB, 2000). Considering thisvulnerable situation of Barisal Division, adolescent and young people are joined together and mobilized to prevent and respond against these vulnerabilities and raised their voices and formed a network named “Youth Net for Climate Justice”. UNICEF is committed to ensuring protection of children from harmful effects and promoting the rights of every child. Considering above, UNICEF Barisal Field Office has undertaken an initiative to organize a Youth Conference on Climate Changein Barisal under the leadership of Divisional Commissioner in association with the Department of Environment,Youth Net for Climate Justice,Barisal University, Patuakhali Science and Technology University and national and international NGOs. As a disaster prone division, this conference will give an opportunity for local youth groups, partners, stakeholders and community people to share their practical experience on climate change impact, their coping mechanism, current interventions, lessons learned and suggest solutions/recommendations based on local context.

Outcome of the Conference:
To build partnerships and network among the youth of Barisal Division so that they are organized and understood the urgency of the situation and take adaptation and mitigation action against the impacts of climate change for both present and future generations
To provide an enabling environment for children and adolescents to engage with Policy makers, Government counterparts, NGOs, and other Youth groups.
To develop Youth Ambassador through capacity enhancement to raise voice against the harmful effect of climate change on children’s life
To prepare Barisal declaration which will be utilized as an advocacy tool for reducing the impact of climate change at national and global level and take necessary actions.
To develop a follow up action plan for the youth and engage them with other partners for implementation

Target Audience:
About 400 Youths and adolescent from different Schools and College and Universities and youth organizations will participate in the different events of the conference. There will be some capacity building events absolutely for the youths. The youths will also be part of the organizing committees and will take part in organizing the vents as volunteers. Considering this event 25 Youth organizations converge together and organized a Youth Forum named- Youth Net for Climate Justice. This forum will implement the follow up action plans from the conference including advocacy at different level such as- local level, national level and international level. A group of youth will be organized to monitor the situation of the impact of climate change and report it using social media and their own Web portal.

Date of Conference: 11-12 February 2017

1. Opening and closing sessions: Ashwini Kumar Hall, Barisal
2. Technical and Capacity building Session:
a. Kirtankhola Hall, Barisal University
b. BDS Conference Hall, Barisal
c. AVAS Conference Hall, Barisal

Guests, Resource Persons and Speakers:
1. Dr. Mohammad Hasan Mahmud MP Chair, Standing Committee on Ministry of Forest & Environment
2. Adv. Sheikh Md. Tipu Sultan MP Member, Standing Committee on Ministry of Forest & Environment
3. Ms. Jebunnesa Afroz Hon ble MP Barisal-5
4. Talukder Md. Younus Hon ble MP Barisal-2
5. Md. Gaus Divisional Commissioner, Barisal
6. Dr. Ainun Nishat VC, BRAC University, Dhaka
7. S.M. Imamul Huq VC Barisal University
8. Dr. Gazi Md. Saifuzzaman Deputy Commissioner, Barisal
9. Md. Nazrul Islam Director, Dept. of Environment, Barisal
10. AKM Abdul Ahad Biswas Dean Dept. of Disaster Management Patuakhali University
11 Md. Golam Rabbani Fellow, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Dhaka
12. Professor SM Imanul Hakim Principal Govt. BM College, Barisal
13. Professor Sachin Kumar Roy Principal, Govt. Hatem Ali College, Barisal
14. Mohammad Samsul Alam Superintendent Engineer, DPHE, Barisal
15. Saidur Rahman Rintu Chairman Upazila Parishad, Barisal Sadar
16. Pankaj Roy Chowdhury District Child Affairs officer
17. SM Iqbal Social Activist
18. Susanta Gosh Journalist Staff correspondence, Daily Star
19 Shahin Azmin Journalist
20 Pulak Chatterjee Ex-Secretary, Barisal Press Club
21. Liton Basher Journalist

1. Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Barisal
2. Department of Environment, Barisal Divisional Office
3. UNICEF Barisal Office
Partnership with other Organizations:
There are formal partnership have been developed with some other partners who have engaged in different ways. Barisal University is agreed to organize half day session in their venue. Coast Trust, TIB, giz, BDS, AVAS, Youth Net for Climate Justice will directly contribute resources in form of materials and facilities. Some other organization- Practical Action, Plan Bangladesh, ActionAid Bangladesh, Save the Children, Charukala Barisal, SAINT Bangladesh and other organizations providing technical and organizing supports. fbTV is our Online visualization partners


Youth Conference on Climate Change 2017, Barisal


  Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Barisal

  Department of Environment, Barisal Divisional Office

  UNICEF Barisal Office


Opening and Closing:
Ashwini Kumar Hall, Barisal

Technical Session:
Kirtonkhola Hall, Barisal University
BDS Conference Hall, Barisal
AVAS Conference Hall, Barisal
Saint Conference Hall Barisal


Barisal University YouthNet for climate Justice Coast Trust TIB/SANAK Bangladesh Development Society(BDS) Association of Voluntary Actions for Society (AVAS) Practical Action Plan Bangladesh ActionAid Bangladesh Save the Children Charukala, Barisal SAINT Bangladesh Barisal FBTV ( Online visualization partners)



Ashwini Kumar Hall, Barisal

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SAINT Conference Room, Barisal

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BDS Conference Hall, Barisal

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AVAS Conference Hall, Barisal

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Barisal University Barisal

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