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|Dr. Atiq Rahman
"We live in an unequal and unjust world. Despite all recent economic fluctuations we have a global economy wealthiest ever. But one third of its population lives below one dollar a day and two thirds below two dollars a day. In an increasingly globalizing and interconnected world, these inequalities are enhancing the sense of injustice and may result in social and political destabilization, which will threaten our efforts towards achieving sustainable development."
|He is a leading Environment and Development Specialist from Bangladesh – a country highly vulnerable to climate change and flooding. The Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), he has transformed this NGO into a leading think-tank on environment, resource management and sustainable development issues. With his national and international experience in environment and resource management, Dr. Rahman's expertise remains vital throughout the Asia Pacific region and beyond as he helps to raise awareness of the hazards of global warming.|
|Dr. Rahman has been conferred with the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) ‘Champions of the Earth 2008’ award. An author and consultant, he has a number of publications to his name and has developed an innovative post-graduate course on sustainable development. He is also the Convener of a regional network – Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and the Coordinator of the Global Forum on the Environment and Poverty (GFEP), an international network mandated at UNCED. Dr. Rahman has been a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNDP, UN-DESA, UNEP, IFAD, ESCAP, UNCTAD, Asian Development Bank, many national governments, several national and international NGOs.