Adnan Mahfuz Tazvir (class VIII – English version, Motijheel Ideal school and college, Dhaka.) On Sunday (26/01/2020), Honorable President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid called for joint initiatives by the global communities, donors and international organizations to continue the economic development of climate-risk countries and ensure sustainable development. He also said, “All the stakeholders including the global communities, donors and international organizations must take joint initiatives to ensure the continuity of economic development and sustainable development. The President made these remarks while he was addressing at an international seminar titled “International Conference on Earth and Environmental Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (ICEEST-20))” at a hotel in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The Seminar, scheduled for five days, was inaugurated on Saturday (25 January 2020) with the participation of teachers, students and researchers from home and abroad. The Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science of Dhaka University organized the International Seminar. Referring to Bangladesh as one of the most affected countries by climate change, Abdul Hamid said, “The role of most affected countries including Bangladesh in the pollution process is very negligible.” He said, “The countries responsible for this have to play a responsible role in overcoming this situation.” He also added that problems caused by climate change are no longer confined to a single country or region. Citing climate change as a global problem, the President said that the whole world must come forward to solve it. The president called on the world communities to come forward with financial and technical assistance for the solution of climate change rather than a promise by saying beautiful words. Citing the opening of a new gate of the blue economy surrounding the vast ocean area, the president said that it is very important to develop the skilled manpower required for the exploration, collection, and conservation of mineral and animal resources in Bangladesh’s seaside. 39 sessions will be organized in this conference under the chairmanship of Secretaries of respective ministries from 25 January to 29 January 2020. Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Chairman of Bangladesh University Grants Commission Prof. Kazi Shahidullah, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, speaker of the conference & lecturer of London University College, UK Professor Peter Symonds were present in the program. Dr. ASM Maqsood Kamal, the president of Dhaka University Teachers Association, presided over the conference session. At that time, the President’s respective ministers were present. Source: UNB.