BEN Program Schedule for Sydney Event on Saturday 1 November

BEN Program Schedule for Sydney Event on Saturday 1 November

BEN Australian Chapter, Sydney Branch
Celebrating Ten years of BEN
Program Outline

Date & Time Saturday 1 November 2008; 09:30 am – 05:00 pm

Venue Lecture Theatre 4, Building EA, Fifth St, Rydalmere Campus of UWS
(please enter via Victoria Rd and follow BEN’s directional signs).

Registration 9:00am – 09:30 am (Free)
Opening 09:30am -11:00am

Environment protection appeals from the younger generation

Ten Years of BEN in Protecting the Environment of Bangladesh- Mr Kamrul Ahsan Khan, Coordinator BEN Australian Chapter

Guest speaker: Mr Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Acting High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Australia
Guest speaker: Mr Adam Wolfenden, Aid/Watch/Friends of Earth Australia
Guest speaker: Mr Lee Rhiannon, MLC, Australian Greens
Guest speaker: Hon Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta

Vote of Thanks: Dr Swapan Paul, Convenor, BEN Australian Chapter (Sydney Branch)

Morning Tea 11:00am – 11:15am
Seminar 11:15am – 01:30pm
Keynote Talk & Discussion – 1
The Environment of Bangladesh: Socio-economic Perspectives in the Context of Sea Level Rise, Climate Change and Natural Disasters
– Barrister Harun ur Rashid, Ex-High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia

Keynote Talk & Discussion – 2
The Environment of Bangladesh: Water Pollution, Water Crisis and Remedies
– Dr Debashish Mazumder, Environmental Scientist

Keynote Talk & Discussion – 3
The Environment of Bangladesh: Institutional Support, Problems and Prospects
– Mr Mizanur Rahman Mazumder, Manager Safety and Environment – NSW Rail Corporation

Recommendations & Close of Seminar

Lunch 01:30pm – 02:30 pm
Public Forum 02:30pm – 03:30 pm
Role of NRBs in Protecting the Environment of Bangladesh
– Dr Nilufar Jahan, BEN Australian Chapter

Public Discussion and recommendations

Sydney Declaration 2008 – what’s next?

Prize Giving 03:30pm – 04:00 pm
(Essay Competition)
Cultural Show 04:00pm – 04:30pm
(Traditional Bangla)
Film Show 04:30pm – 05:00 pm
(The Inconvenient Truth)
Closing 05:00pm

The Seminar and the Open Forum are open for all. For catering purposes, we’d appreciate it if you could kindly confirm your attendance by CoB Wednesday 29 October 2008. Please contact either Dr Swapan Paul on 0433019377 (or or Kamrul Khan on 0401683930 or email

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