Representatives from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), the World Bank, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Food Programme (WFP) gathered in Dhaka today to discuss the role social safety nets play in addressing climate change, building community resilience and helping Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The forum tilted “Symposium on Adaptive Social Protection: Technical and Policy Considerations” was organized by MoDMR.
As Bangladesh is well on its way to graduating to middle-income country status by 2024, the country’s development trajectory nonetheless faces considerable challenges because of its vulnerability to natural and climate-induced disasters.
Md Enamur Rahman, the state minister for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief said, “This is an important shift in our thought process on disaster management. We are also at the planning stage for preparing the eighth five-year plan.”
Dandan Chen, World Bank acting country director for Bangladesh and Bhutan said, “One-fourth of the population of Bangladesh is living in poverty, including 20 million people living in extreme poverty. By enabling social protection to better address the impact of climate change, adaptive social protection can be critical in building resilience and in creating opportunities for the country’s vulnerable population.”
“Because of its unique geographic location, Bangladesh will continue facing the adverse effects of global warming and climate change in the future, and DFID is very happy to partner with the government of Bangladesh to address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized people through implementing a range of social protection schemes, such as adaptive social protection,” said Judith Herbertson, head of DFID Bangladesh.
About the forum, WFP Country Director Richard Ragan said, “It is a great platform for us to examine social protection, disaster risk management and climate change in a holistic manner.”