To be disaster resilient, sustainable development and institutional framework on disaster risk mitigation and poverty reduction are necessary, speakers said at a view-exchange meeting on disaster resilience yesterday in the port city.
The action plan on climate change needs to be implemented, they said adding that people should protect the environment from natural calamities for the interest of the next generation.
The programme styled 'Rio+20:Disaster Resilience' was held at the auditorium of Chittagong District Council and was jointly organised by United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)-Dhaka and Youth Power in Social Action (YPSA).
Accusing the developed countries for emitting maximum amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), they said the United States each year emits 20 tonnes of CO2 while Bangladesh releases only three tonnes although it has become the most risky area for natural disasters.
They said the powerful countries that signed the Kyoto Protocol are not following the pact accurately and this is leaving the poor and underdeveloped countries environmentally affected.
Zafar Alam, director of the Department of Environment, Chittagong, Dr Aminul Islam, assistant country director of UNDP, Bangladesh, Sekandar Khan, environmental activist and vice-chancellor of East Delta University, Dr Al Amin, professor of Chittagong University's Environmental Science department, also spoke.