Bridging Climate Change and Development has been organised on 16–23 May 2015 at La Galerie and other venues of Alliance Française de Dhaka. This page now hosts the proceedings and publications that are to be consulted for research and educational purposes. The files must be used with proper citations to Alliance Française de Dhaka under CC-BY Creative Commons Attribution License.
To find solutions on the impacts of climate changes, France is gearing up to host the 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in December 2015. The Embassy of France in Bangladesh, the Agence française de développement and the Alliance Française de Dhaka are stepping up with an event at Alliance Française de Dhaka to raise awareness on this global challenge. Two exhibitions will be displayed, the first one by Agence française de développement and Fondation GoodPlanet, comprising of 21 photos by Yann ArthusBertrand from his famous 'Earth from Above' series entitled '60 Solutions Against Climate Change,' presents concrete initiatives in four sectors: cities, agriculture, energy transition and climate change adaptation. This exhibition is presented by the Agence française de développement.
Bangladesh is one of the most at-risk country to climate change impact. Climate scientists project there will be a 3-foot (1-metre) rise in sea level by 2100, which would submerge 17.5% of Bangladesh and force around 20 million Bangladeshis off their land. The delta of the Ganges is one of the most exposed region due to the force of the rising waters, strong monsoons, the erosion of river banks and embankments, flood, soil salinisation, and the increasing number of cyclones. The town of Chalna, 50 kilometres away from Khulna, is located by the river Pashur. Jules Toulet, the photographer on whom the second exhibition is based, wanted to meet the local people who will be the first victims of this global mechanics, despite their ecological footprint is close to zero. The series of photographs he brought back is a testimony to raise awareness globally. A selection of 20 black and white photographs will be on display. Jules Toulet will be present for the opening ceremony.
Official Launch of the Event: Inaugural ceremony chaired by HE Mrs Sophie Aubert, Ambassador of France in Bangladesh and Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 16 May at 1 pm
A series of round-table talks will be organised under the aegis of the Embassy of France. Experts will share solutions and point of view on the following topics:
• How to Conciliate Climate and Development?
16 May at 2.30 pm
• Climate Change: Local Solutions for a Global Challenge
16 May at 5 pm
• Business and Climate Change: Innovations from the Private Sector
23 May at 4 pm
Along with the two exhibitions and round-table talks, a series of documentary films will be screened:
• Are You Listening! by Kamar Ahmad Simon and Sara Afree
19 May at 6 pm followed by a discussion with the directors
• Easy Like Water by Glenn Baker
20 May at 6:30 pm
• A Thirsty World by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
21 May at 6:30 pm
Documentaries on Permanent Viewing:
Climate Change Impact Worldwide
Following AFD short films will be screened on demand from 16 to 23 May:
India: Climate or Development (9 min, English)
Mexico: Time for Transition (10 min, English)
Closing session chaired by HE Mrs Sophie Aubert and Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forest on 23 May at 6 pm
You can download the programme details leaflet in PDF from here.
The proceedings can be downloaded in PDF from here.
PHOTO YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND/ALTITUDE