Country Manager of United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Bangladesh SudhirMuralidharan has said they believe that Bangladesh can make significant strides towards sustainable development by collaborating and innovating in this sector.
“The second edition of SDG Cafe successfully brought together experts and stakeholders to address the challenges and opportunities in decentralized renewable energy,” Sudhir said, adding that the collective knowledge and insights shared during the event will undoubtedly shape future initiatives.
SDG Café is a flagship event aimed at propelling sustainable development goals in Bangladesh.
It is focused on the theme "Challenges and Opportunities in Decentralized Renewable Energy in Bangladesh.
The event, held on May 24 at the UNOPS Bangladesh premises in Dhaka, provided a forum for relevant stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions and collaborate on effective strategies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG Cafe gathered key stakeholders from the Government of Bangladesh, academia, think tanks, UN agencies, INGOs, bilateral and multilateral development partners, and policy advisories, according to UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The event fostered insightful discussions and meaningful dialogues, exploring current practices, innovative technologies, policies, and standards related to decentralized renewable energy in Bangladesh, focusing on achieving sustainable development goals.
The Keynote speaker for the roundtable, Dr. Ijaz Hossain, former Dean of Engineering of BUET and an expert in energy and environment, shared his valuable insights and expertise.
Dr. Ijaz Hossain said, “Bangladesh needs to scale up its use of renewable energy urgently. And to accomplish this, participation from multi-sectoral stakeholders is crucial along with government initiatives.”
Experts from the energy sector and representatives from SREDA, BPDB, EU, World Bank, BBDF, UNDP and the UNRC actively participated in the event, enriching the discussions and contributing their expertise to drive positive change.
The SDG Cafe provided an engaging platform for knowledge exchange, inclusive dialogue, and partnership building.
The SDG Cafe is part of UNOPS Bangladesh's ongoing commitment to promoting sustainable development in Bangladesh.