SDG Lab, an initiative to bring youths across the globe in a platform to gather and discuss the SDGs, organized its second workshop in collaboration with Eastern University on 'Embracing SDGs: Sustainable Consumption and Production' on November 25, 2017, at Eastern University, Dhaka. 40 students from different universities and young professionals participated in this daylong workshop.
Debra Efroymson, Co-founder and Acting Executive Director of Institute of Wellbeing (IWB) and Md Obaidul Haque, Associate Professor Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka presented two thematic papers addressing the Goal 12 of SDGs. In her paper on “Achieving Goal 12 of the SDGs: Let's Aim High", Debra discussed about the conceptual framework of Sustainable consumption along with few practical approaches in achieving the Goal 12. Md. Obaidul Haque emphasized on the lazy person's guide prepared by United Nations in order to attain the targets of SDGs.
Mahmudul Hoque Moni, Senior Assistant Secretary at the Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy while conducting a session on “The brief history of 'Development'" clarified the evolution of the concept of Sustainable Development. Md Rezwan Siddiqui, who is currently the Local Pathway Fellow of the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network, showed the participants the timeline of the situation of Lake Balkhas and how degrading environmental condition and urbanization resulted into its gradual demise.
Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Lecturer in Law at University of Dhaka, analyzed the dilemma between environmental economics and corporate accountability to comprehend the discourse of sustainable production and consumption. Parisa Islam, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Eastern University in her concluding remarks, expressed gratitude and showed interest to work further with SDG Lab.
SDG Lab is a cohort of 5 Chevening Scholars (Md. Rezwan Siddiqui, Sekander Zulker Nayeen, Mohammad Golam Sarwar, Shahed Aziz, and Mahmudul Hoque Moni) who are generating and sharing knowledge on SDGs with a view to helping national and international communities to attain the goals.
The event was covered by Md. Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan, student of law, University of Dhaka.