Dhaka, Bangladesh
Achieving SDGs requires coordination of efforts

Non-state actors playing their role

Achieving SDGs requires coordination of efforts

News Report: Non-state actors, such as civil-society organisations, private sector, media and development partners, are contributing in various capacities and extents to Bangladesh's advances under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is room for improving cooperation among government and non-government initiatives if the country is to realise the SDGs by 2030 through inclusive and participatory process, says a policy forum. Bangladesh has stepped into the fifth year of the journey of delivering to the objectives the SDGs. It is high time to assess the progress made so far in the last four years with a particular focus on the role and contribution of the non-state actors in realising this ambitious development agenda. These views emerged at a dialogue on Delivering SDGs in Bangladesh: Role of Non-State Actors, Thursday by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), in association with The Asia Foundation - Bangladesh, Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Centre for Policy Dialogue unveiled two publications on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) at the meet held at a city hotel. Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD, and Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD, introduced the two publications at the event. Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Planning Abul Kalam Azad was present as the chief guest. Among others, Switzerland Ambassador Dr. René Holenstein and UN Resident Coordinator and Representative of UNDP Bangladesh Mia Seppo, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation - Bangladesh Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj and Coordinator of Citizens' Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Anisatul Fatema Yousuf, former World Bank lead economist Dr Zahid Hussain and Chairman of the CPD Professor Rehman Sobhan were present at the function. Convener of Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh and CPD Distinguished Fellow Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya presided over the function. Debapriya said there are good recommendations on SDGs in the two publications. "We're not doing well to achieve SDGs by 2030 due to climate change, rule of justice and inequality in the country," he said, adding that quality education focusing on job fields should be emphasised now. Fahmida said they discussed the progress of last four years in Bangladesh in the books. "We also discussed various indexes about Bangladesh's position and included some challenges of the country in future," she said. The publications have been brought out as preliminary inputs to the ongoing Voluntary National Review (VNR) process of Bangladesh from part of the non-state actors working in the field of SDGs.

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