The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau :
On the occasion of this year World Environment Day-2021 on 01 June 2021, the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul, in collaboration with UNDP Seoul Policy Centre and Korea University, screened a film at International Studies Hall of Korea University, titled ‘The Salt in our Waters’.
The film is directed and produced by renowned Bangladeshi Director Rezwan Shahriar Sumit. Diplomats, representatives from the World Bank, and students were present at the event.
Dr. Stephan Klingebiel, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, and Professor Suh-Yong Chung from the International Studies Division of the University of Korea spoke at the event. While discussing the background of the film, they highlighted the challenges posed by global climate change including the various initiatives of UNDP and the University of Korea to address its adverse effects.
In her welcome address, Ambassador Abida Islam, referred to the ‘whole-of-society approach’ and ‘a whole-of-world attitude’– proposed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh at the recently concluded ‘2021 P4G Seoul Summit’ and highlighted various initiatives of the Bangladesh government to address the adverse effects of climate change. She also elaborated on the activities of Bangladesh as the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and as the host country of the South Asian office of the Global Center on Adaptation.
After the screening, the Director and Producer of the Film Rezwan Shahriar Sumit and Co-Producer Mr. Ilann Girard, who were connected virtually, responded to the queries of the participants. The film, which depicted the direct and indirect effects of climate change, was highly admired by the audience.