Saleemul Huq OBE (born 1952) is a Bangladeshi-British scientist and has been the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD)[1] based in Bangladesh, also Professor at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). He was elected one of Nature's 10 Ones in 2022.[2]

Saleemul Huq
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Huq in 2015
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He is an expert in the field of climate change, environment and development. He has worked extensively in the inter-linkages between climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development, from the perspective of developing countries, particularly in the least developed countries (LDCs). He was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of two coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007).

In addition he has contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) based in the UK and Senior Adviser on Locally Led Adaptation with Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA).

He strives to grow the capacity of Bangladesh stakeholders, while enabling people and international organizations to benefit from training in Bangladesh. His teaching experiences include the Imperial College London, the University of Dhaka and United Nations University. He was the founder and currently, the Chairman of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), a leading research and policy institute in Bangladesh.

Dr. Huq has attended all sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has been actively engaged as an adviser on adaptation, loss and damage and climate finance to the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group in the UNFCCC and provided training to LDC negotiators. He has also been involved as a board member of Climate Vulnerability Forum under UNFCCC.

He was awarded 2020 National Environment Award by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution to the development of the environment.[3]

Huq was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to combating international climate change.[4]

Life Edit

Education Edit

Huq received his early education in Germany, Indonesia, and Kenya. He later went and received B.Sc in Botany from the Imperial College at London University in the United Kingdom in 1975, and a DIC as well as a Ph.D. in Botany from the same university in 1978.[5]

Career Edit

Before joining IIED, Huq was the director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, which he founded in 1984. He was founding director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University, Bangladesh. He has been involved in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for which he has served as the lead author and coordinating lead author in Working Group II, which focuses on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.

Huq published reports and articles on climate change, particularly on adaptation to climate change. He is the lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).[6] He is a Senior Fellow in the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development[7]

Goal 13: Climate action

Research contribution to UN SDGs Edit

As a researcher, Huq is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[8]. His work with the IPCC, and ICCCAD contributes significantly to Goals 13: Climate Action and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

Researcher page at The Global Academy

Under Goal 13 Huq’s research is helping to achieve the following targets:

  • Target 13.3: Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change
  • Target 13.a: Implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Target 13.b: Promote mechanisms to raise capacity for planning and management

Awards and recognition Edit

  • Robert McNamara Fellowship from World Bank, Washington DC, USA, 1986–87
  • Duggan Fellowship from NRDC, Washington DC, USA, 1989.
  • Nobel Peace Prize – Prof. Saleemul Huq contributed to the reports of the IPCC which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
  • Burtoni Award (2007)[9]
  • National Environment Award (2020)[3]
  • Nature's 10 (2022)[10]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Prof Saleemul Huq". International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD). Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  2. ^ "Nature's 10". Nature. Retrieved 2022-12-15.
  3. ^ a b Ahmed, Bulbul (2021-02-11). "Three individuals, 3 organisations get National Environment Award-2020". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Retrieved 2021-02-12.
  4. ^ "No. 63571". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 2022. p. N27.
  5. ^ Glantz, Michael H. (1994). The Role of Regional Organizations In The Context Of Climate Change. p. 173. ISBN 978-3-642-85026-4.
  6. ^ "Politics and Policy". British Bangladeshi Power 100. 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 10. Saleemul Huq
  7. ^ "Our Team". International Centre for Climate Change and Development. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs". Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  9. ^ "Did You Know?" (PDF). Kaleidoscope: Newsletter of the Embassy of Bangladesh, Sweden. Vol. 1, no. 2. March–April 2007. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  10. ^ "Nature's 10". Retrieved 2022-12-15.

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