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International Conference 2022

Bangladesh is the first country in the world to develop a comprehensive 100-year plan for its entire Delta. The plan gives a vision of ‘Achieving safe, climate-resilient and prosperous delta for the desired future spanning up to 2100’. The intended mission of the plan is to ‘Ensure long-term water and food security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability, while effectively coping with natural disasters, climate change, and other delta issues through robust, adaptive, and integrated strategies and equitable water governance.’

The 1st “International Conference on the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Issues and Challenges of Implementation” took place on 26-27 May 2022 in Dhaka including a series of side events and sessions. The conference was organized under the auspices of the Delta Governing Council (DGC), organized by General Economics Division (GED), Ministry of Planning (MoP) with support from the Embassy of the Kingdome of The Netherlands (EKN), the World Bank (WB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Embassy Bangladesh, European Union (EU) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Bangladesh. This 2-day Conference addressed the implementation issues for overcoming the huge challenges of implementing BDP 2100 to contribute to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Climate Change Adaptation in practice. The objectives of the 1st International Conference on the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 are:
• to promote discussion on Bangladesh’s Delta Plan implementation challenges,
• to align and foster possible actions for proper implementation of the Delta Plan,
• to connect the relevant national and international communities (ministers, members of parliament, policy-makers, representatives of Governments, scientists, professionals, academics, businesses, youths, development partners, and other stakeholders) in the implementation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) implementation.

H.E. Sheikh Hasina, MP, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the Inaugural session virtually from the Gono Bhaban. Discussions included Bangladesh's Delta Plan 2100 implementation challenges, alignment, and fostering possible actions for ensuring proper implementation of the Delta Plan. A number of side events, as well as sessions, have been organized at this conference. Such as
• Plenary session on Institutional challenges and opportunities with international experiences
• breakout sessions on Coastal Zone, River Systems, Urban Areas, and Agriculture Transformation
• side events on Valuing Water and Youth Panel Dialogue
• Round Table Discussion on improving and accelerating BDP2100 Implementation and
• concluding session apart from an inaugural session.

(see BDP Conference 2022 :: Accessible online: Proceedings of the 1st Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 International Conference: Issues and Challenges of Implementation)

The conference was a hybrid event attended by 650 people physically and 500 participants connected online. Some photographs of the conference are given below: