The World Habitat Day-2021 was observed in the district as elsewhere in the country and the globe on Monday with a call to raise awareness among people about safe and habitable residence for all.
This year’s theme of the day was ‘Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world’.
Marking the day, the district administration and Public Works Department (PWD) here chalked out the elaborate programmes.
Apart from it, a discussion meeting on the significance of the day was also held at the conference room of the deputy commissioner (DC) with executive engineer of PWD AbilAyam in the chair.
ADC-General MD. Sadequr Rahman addressed the function as the chief guest.
Moderated by assistant commissioner of the DC office SM Foyes Uddin, the function was also addressed among others by sub divisional engineer of PWD Ibrahim Khalil and councilor of Gaibandha Municipality Md. Shahid Ahmed.
ADC-General in his speeches said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken various initiatives to ensure planned urbanization and ensure healthy accommodation for all.
The Awami League government has given importance on constructing high-rise buildings under private and public projects keeping adequate greenery aiming to minimise carbon footprint, he added.
Executive engineer of PWD in his presidential speeches said the United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as the World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
As a result of carbon emissions around the world, different countries of the world including Bangladesh will be severely affected due to adverse impacts of global warming, he also said.
“So, in the context of climate change, I think the theme of this year has significance. In addition to planned urbanization to tackle global climate change, it is important to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases,” he concluded.
A number of district level officials, invited persons including journalists attended the meeting.