Professor Nazrul Islam, former chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), was present as the chief guest at the ceremony, while Professor Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of BRAC University, chaired the session. Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue was present as the special guest of the ceremony. Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director of IGS, delivered the welcome speech, while Mr. M Syeduzzaman, former Finance Minister; Mr. AMM Nasir Uddin, former Secretary, Ministry of Health; Ms. Qamrun Nahar Khanam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources; and Dr. M Azaharul Haq, Former Managing Director, WASA also spoke at the ceremony. Academics, researchers, experts, politicians, representatives from think tank and donor organisations, civil society members also attended the event.

The report looked at different aspects of trans-boundary water resource management, impact of climate change, water for people's well-being and economic development and other relevant issues in South Asia. The event was widely covered by print and electronic media. The links are given below:


The Daily Jugantor

New Age

The Daily Star

Prothom Alo

Dhaka Tribune

Financial Express

The Daily Samakal

The Daily Sun

The Daily Ittefaq