Bangladesh wants to be shining SDGs achiever

Staff Correspondent
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017


Bangladesh, as part of its commitment to implement the new global goals – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is taking part in the voluntary national review at the UN High Level Political Forum that will conclude on July 19.


Bangladesh has an inspiring story to tell at the United Nations HLPF that began on July 10, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from July 17-19, as Bangladesh has already earned many international accolades for its achievements in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The theme of the forum is ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.’


Buoyed by its success in MDGs, Bangladesh now wants to set a “shining example” of a leading SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) achiever through addressing the challenges that may stand in its way.


Bangladesh now looks for ways to address challenges in several areas, including resource mobilisation and data management, to achieve the SDGs the way it became successful in achieving the MDGs.


Bangladesh is one of the 44 countries which will attend the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.


“Bangladesh is one of the countries that are reporting to this year’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF),” Lotta Tahtinen, Sustainable Development Officer at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, told Dhaka Courier.


She said Bangladesh has already submitted its review report which shows the assessment of the progress made so far, different responsibilities between different ministries and agencies at the national level to achieve the SDGs.


The report also contains the gaps in the implementation of the SDGs, what is the action plan the government is intending to put in place to achieve the goals and need assessment and finance strategies that will be required for Bangladesh, said the UN official.


Huge resources are required for implementing the SDGs as traditional sources of funding are not going to be sufficient to implement the SDGs. We need to find innovative ways of financing from both the public and the private sectors, development partners and ensure effective and efficient ways for utilization.


The government, so far we know, has been working on how to enhance participation of all the stakeholders in its efforts to implement the SDGs.


On data availability and management, an official said there are enormous challenges in collection, analysis, disaggregation, and dissemination of data. “The country needs to build collaboration at bilateral, regional and global levels for capacity building and sharing of best practices.”


Lotta Tahtinen also laid emphasis on dada saying without proper data it will be difficult to identify where the countries stand now and what needs to be done. “We need robust data…this is crucial.”


Bangladesh has already integrated the 2030 Agenda in its 7th FYP (2016-2020) which is seen as a ‘tremendous opportunity’ to implement the 2030 Agenda, while reflecting the priorities of the SDGs in the national plan.


The government has adopted ‘Whole of Society’ approach to ensure a greater participation of NGOs, development partners, private sector, media and CSOs in the process of formulation of the Action Plan and implementation of the SDGs.


Bangladesh will follow an action plan for the implementation of the SDGs in alignment with the 7th FYP. Respective ministries are working towards translating the particular targets into actionable projects, programmes, activities in this regard.


We understand SDGs require rigorous and collective efforts with strong political commitment at all levels. The 2030 Agenda comes at a time when Bangladesh has already kicked off its journey towards an upper middle income country by 2030 and a developed country by 2041. We hope Bangladesh will continue to focus on challenges on the ground and address those through joint efforts to take the lead in terms of SDGs implementation.

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