October - 30


This storytelling workshop will explore the interconnectedness among flood risks, associated human sufferings, and societies’ never-ending attempts to find solutions to fight inundation. Appreciating the tangled relationship between human and nature, the invited panelists and the audience will share personal examples of flood risks and uncertainties; diverse methods of flood risk management, including nature-based solutions; opportunities for community and youth engagement in them; and challenges around monitoring and evaluation, both in rural and urban contexts. This facilitated discussion will create a foundation for a community of practice to take the conversation forward. We encourage the participants to have access to relevant photographs to share during the session.


The positive contribution of knowledge, skills, and empathy to create a sustainable society has been studied by many researchers. A recent study conducted by CSD highlighted the role of empathetic skills in influencing sustainable behavior among individuals. The key results from this study highlight how education can support the development of empathic skills and leadership through education can build a more sustainable society, which will contribute positively toward a sustainable world.

This round-table discussion will aim to address the key issues on the role of education (at all levels) in mainstreaming sustainability in society through education. It will aim to answer the questions:
1. What is the ideal education curriculum/system that will result in sustainable behavior in the future?
2. How can sustainability education/SDGs be incorporated into the curricula?
3. Are the current practices effective? What are the challenges and scopes for improvement?

These questions will help identify the current state of sustainability education in Bangladesh and start a dialogue on how to move forward collectively for effective changes for a sustainable future.


Tea Break


Climate adaptation remains a top priority for a climate-vulnerable country like Bangladesh. Despite the progress, turning policies into actions still requires more focus and effort as Bangladesh demands that its economy become a low-carbon, green economy to combat the challenges of climate change. To assist the transition to a green economy, Bangladesh's education and skill-development systems must be reoriented to match the growing need for job-related green skills.

Universities as centers of learning and innovation play a critical role in building lasting climate-related capacities around the world. To support climate-affected populations in Bangladesh, a more climate-sensitive workforce is needed by upskilling students, practitioners, and communities. As a first step to prioritizing and assessing the gaps, the employers will need to map and identify core competencies required such as green skills, adaptation processes, locally-led solutions, and fundamental managerial, technical, and foundational skills.

This interactive workshop aims to brainstorm with key stakeholders such as NGOs, academics, civil society actors, policy influencers, and the Government to co-design and co-develop innovative, practice-based, and contextualized curricula, training materials, and guides for green skills and climate adaptation. 

1:30 - 2:30