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Gobeshona 6: Developing Capacity for Climate Action

The third session of Gobeshona 6 is titled, Developing Capacity for Climate Action, a four-day conference organized by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). Hosted by the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). The moderator Dr. Feisal Rehman, Research Coordinator, ICCCAD. And the Chair Professor Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen, Director, IDMVS. The Presenters were Professor Mizan R. Khan, Deputy Director, ICCCAD, Ms. Shaila Shahid, Senior Advisor, ICCCAD, Ms. Shababa Haque, Researcher, ICCCAD, Professor Diana Mitlin, Principle Researcher, IIED.

Mizan R. Khan, deputy director of ICCCAD, gave a presentation about his research on the topic ‘Capacity Building for Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions Under The Paris Agreement.’ He told that, capacity building is a process, capacity building should be country driven, based on and responsive to national needs, and faster country ownership of parties, including at the national, subnational and local levels. We need sustainable capacity builders. He wants to include university students to do research in capacity building process and to help the policy makers. We suggest that capacity needs for addressing climate change can broadly be grouped into three major categories: 1. better understand; 2. build/strengthen the capacity; 3. better analyze, build consensus on, and articulate. 

Next, Ms. Shababa Haque spoke that capacity building for climate change is impossible with the exchange of climate knowledge. Universities as knowledge brokers in the governance of climate resilience. Climate knowledge brokers are people, organisations or initiatives that facilitate the transfer of climate knowledge from one person or organisation to another. She raised a statement that universities can play the role of ‘knowledge brokers’ in the governance of climate change. She wants the students to engage with the policy making research along with the policy makers by, 

  • Multi stakeholder dialogues need to be initiated to bridge the gap between academics and the policy world.
  • Training facilities for enhanced research and communication capacity of university researchers.
  • Engagement of researchers with the media and communications team within the university.
  • Having external agents (such as research centres, think tanks etc.) as knowledge brokers between universities and the policy world is important.

Speaker Professor Diana MItlin spoke about the contribution of teaching, experiences from SDI and GDI. Her case study was urban poverty. She recommended that to irradiate poverty people should work for the underprivileged, they are an important group of citizens. She wanted students to engage with the local communities, because many professionals don’t know how to engage with the slum dwellers. For master’s students she proposed a new course unit at the University of Manchester named Citizen Led Development, which allows to compare the theory generated by academics in relation to the reduction of poverty with the people who live the reality every day.

The last of the session was, Shaila Shahid spoke about why gender lens is important in combating climate change. She talked about The First GAP, Gender Action Plan 2017-2019, 

  • Capacity-building, knowledge sharing and communication
  • Gender balance, participation and women’s leadership
  • Gender-responsive implementation and means of implementation
  • E. Monitoring and reporting

She spoke that gender equality and women’s human rights is important in combating climate change and there has to be equitable access to financial resources from investments.

And lastly the respective chair, Mahbuba Nasreen, discussed all the presenters and panelists research study and spoke that policy makers are now including the civil society while decision and policy making.

Sameera Anowar is an Environmental Science student at IUB.

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