Mizan R Khan

Taxing air travel could fund climate victims

Public financing from developed countries will never be sufficient.

Why climate needs to be a part of higher education

At a minimum, we must set a goal of ecological literacy for all our students at the tertiary level.

Loss and damage must be defined on moral grounds

One reason behind the lack of progress on L&D is that it has no agreed definition yet.

Role of governance in mitigating the effects of climate change

Bangladesh is regarded globally as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts.

Will the climate finance pledges from COP26 ever materialise?

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) ended on November 13, 2021, a day after the scheduled date of closing.

We must urgently prioritise adaptation to address the climate emergency

The recently-published report of Working Group-I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a renewed wakeup call on the urgency of taking action at the global level to address climate change.

Building back a greener Bangladesh

The title of this article has been borrowed from an on-line discussion organised by the Policy Research Institute on June 20, 2021. I was a panelist at the event, which some current and former World Bank officials had participated in, together with most of the famous environmental experts of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh in 2050: Vision of a climate resilient society

What will Bangladesh look like in 2050? A layman’s projection allows us to draw a picture of its basic parameters. In terms of population, Bangladesh can reach a number of 230-240 million, with an average growth rate of 1.2 percent/year.

Vaccine nationalism, global public good and the poor

In a desperate move to inoculate from Covid-19, we are witnessing a kind of vaccine nationalism worldwide, which has manifested in a race to procure vaccine doses, particularly by those having the means and power to do so.

Adaptation finance at the conflux of climate crisis, Covid-19 and debt distress

Covid-19 has hit all countries of the world, both rich and poor, but the low income countries (LICs) are hit hardest, and half of them are at high risk of or are already in debt distress.

Crafting image in an age of electronic globalisation

Recently, quite a number of reports have been published in both national and foreign media outlets about how two healthcare providers in Bangladesh issued fake Covid-19 certificates. Obviously, the negative coverage has tarnished the image of our nation abroad.

Covid-19 challenges the conventional security paradigm

Coronavirus is razing the world to the ground, continuing to claim human lives—the latest count exceeds well over 200,000, with the number of infected running over three million.

An effective platform for branding Bangladesh

The 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended just days ago.

COP25: Another round of active inaction

The UN’s longest-ever climate negotiations, continuing non-stop for almost two extra days, drew to a close on December 15 with not much to celebrate. Nations on both sides—developed and developing—held hardline positions resulting in utter disappointment, so expressed grudgingly by the UN Secretary General himself. Countries failed to agree on many of the sought-after outcomes, including rules to set up a global carbon market, steps to mobilise dedicated funding for loss and damage (L&D) and mobilisation of long term finance (LTF) for the most vulnerable.

Building capacity to implement the Paris Agreement

The Asia-Pacific Climate Week was held at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok from September 2 to 6, 2019. The objective was to have a regional dialogue on how to rachet up ambition in mitigation and speed up adaptation actions.

Climate Change And Security: What the discourse is all about

We, the global community, already live in a climate-changed world, evidenced by the successive reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Without proper urban facilities, quality life is unachievable

The word “city” comes from the Latin root “civis/civitas”, meaning citizen/citizenship. The expressions “civil/civic/civilisation” owe their pedigree to this Latin origin. Eventually, it came to correspond with the French “urbs”, meaning city in a more physical sense.

Growth, green growth and development

The dictionary meaning of “growth” is “getting bigger”, in size or volume, whereas “development” is improvement in the quality of a system. It can be an individual, a community, or a nation.

The Gordian Knot of Dhaka city governance

We have managed to turn a serene, rustic, romantic Dhaka into a dishevelled, messy concrete slum just within a century.

A retreat from multilateralism

The two-day summit of the exclusive but informal club of G20 comprising of the big industrial and developing countries, held between July 7-8, ended with the issuance of a Communiqué, a ritualistic outcome of such events.

The rising stakes for ocean governance

World oceans play the crucial role of a life support in poverty alleviation, food security, human health, and curbing climate change.

A reality check

On June 1 President Trump declared his administration's intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (PA).

Are women better guardians of natural resources?

Women members of the mobilised groups proved as better 'husbands' of local resources, establishing a culture of their sustainable use, while conserving and improving the quality and quantity of local natural resources.