SUPRO has observed World Health Day 2017 in districts and in national level concurrently. The theme of World Health Day 2017 from World Health Organization is " Depression: Let’s Talk". At national level on the eve of World Health Day SUPRO has organized a press conference at Sagor-Runi Auditorium, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka on 6th April 2017where Vice Chairperson of SUPRO, Manju Rani Pramanik chaired the event. In her speech, Manju Rani Pramanik said that the government should take responsibility to ensure the health care needs for its citizens. “The government should take effective steps to recognize the health as fundamental rights,” she added. SUPRO General Secretary MA Quader moderated the session and presented the key note paper.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Mazid, former chairman of NBR and chief coordinator of Bangladesh Diabetic Samity was present there as a chief guest. He said that depression is the root cause of physical and mental illness. “The people who are suffering from depressive disorder may grow the tendency to be addicted to drugs and may develop suicidal tendency in them,” he added.
On 17 October 2016 Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) has organized a Human Chain Program alongside hundreds of groups globally to demand delegates/lawmakers/the global community take urgent action to protect the UN Climate Treaty meetings in Marrakech next month from fossil fuel industry interference.
The event is part of the October global days of action, Reclaim Power, in dozens of/more than 50 countries calling for a more just and sustainable energy system and for policymakers to end the undue influence and obstruction of climate policy by transnational fossil fuel corporations.
“The Paris Agreement swings the door wide open to interference from industries that want nothing else than to stop progress” said Md. Arifur Rahman, General Secretary of SUPRO, “If we are to keep warming below 1.5 degrees, we must first ensure Big Oil and it’s dirty drilling friends are not writing the rules.”
This action, DEMANDED, CALLED FOR, SUPPORTED, COUNTRY’S leaders to advance the movement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to protect its negotiations from the influence of the fossil fuel industry and other dirty industries. Government leaders first raised the issue last May in Bonn, Germany.
“It’s now clearer than ever that the fossil fuel industry and those representing its interests have one goal: self-preservation,” said Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, climate organizer at Corporate Accountability International. “Big Polluters, like Big Tobacco before it, must be cast out of the policymaking process meant to rein it in.”
A human chain was formed in the city demanding that the Bangladesh delegates to the UN climate treaty take decisive action to address the corrosive influence of the fossil fuel industry on climate policy,
SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) and Corporate Accountability International jointly arranged the human chain in front of National Press Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14th May 2016, Saturday from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm . A number of environmental activists joined the programme.
SUPRO general secretary Md Arifur Rahman said, “Thanks to interference from big polluters; the Paris Agreement doesn’t go far enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change here in Bangladesh.”
“We, the people, urge our government leaders to take action in Bonn to eliminate the primary obstacle to more ambitious and aggressive action by showing big polluters the door,” he said.
It is projected that some 500 to 750 million people will be affected by water stress caused by climate change around the world by 2020. Low-lying coastal regions, such as Bangladesh, are vulnerable to sea level rise and increased occurrence of extreme weather condition.
In most countries like Bangladesh, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced to 50 percent by 2020. Being a country with increasing population and hunger, this will have an extremely adverse effect on it food security.