The Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh organised a dialogue on The New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance on 18 March 2017 at Hotel Saint Martin, Chittagong. The dialogue was organised in cooperation with Community Development Centre (CODEC) and Sachetan Nagarik Committee (SANAC), TIB, Chittagong.
View more news on this event
Published in The Daily Star on Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Strong public institutions key to implementing SDGs
Speakers say at Ctg programme
Star Business Report
Speakers have called for strong and transparent public institutions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh.
The remarks came at a citizen dialogue styled “The New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance,” organised by the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh at the Hotel Saint Martin in Chittagong city on Saturday.
“Peace, security, human rights and good governance will be the priority areas in achieving the Agenda 2030,” said the platform in a statement.
It said, in the past few years, the government of Bangladesh has taken measures to reform laws and strengthen institutional initiatives to establish good governance in the administrative system.
“Unfortunately advantages of these initiatives have not reflected in people’s life. So, it is essential to increase citizen’s awareness, strengthen administrative capacities and make the political willingness visible.”
Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the Transparency International Bangladesh, presented a keynote titled “Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: Challenges for implementation of peace, security, human rights and good governance”.
He said different ministries and departments are involved in implementing the Goal 16 in Bangladesh. “Ensuring coordination among these ministries and departments will be a big challenge for the government.”
He said there is no adequate information and data for most indicators under the Goal 16 which will be another challenge to achieve the goal. “Data used in administrative works will play a big role in this regard.”
Goal 16 of the SDGs is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
Shaheen Anam, executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, said the goal of the platform is to include everybody in the development process so that nobody is left behind.
“The Citizen’s Platform is not a project. We think it’s a very important task for all of us and we have voluntarily engaged with it,” she said.
Debapriya Bhattacharya, convener of the platform, said they want the platform to be a social movement.
He said the SDGs are universal approach unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and include social, economic and environmental aspects.
Chittagong City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, who attended the programme as chief guest, said the main challenge for successfully implementing the SDGs would be to change the mindset of the people.
Prof Muhammad Sekandar Khan, vice-chancellor of East Delta University in Chittagong, said good governance and human rights are related to each other. “Good governance is a prerequisite for establishing human rights.”
The dialogue was organised in association with the TIB, Sachetan Nagarik Committee (SANAC), Chittagong, and the Community Development Centre (CODEC), Chittagong.
Delwar Majumder, president of SANAC Chittagong, Khurshid Alam, executive director of CODEC Chittagong, and Prof Ferdous Ara Alim also spoke.
Published in The Financial Express on Sunday, 19 March 2017
‘Graft still big challenge’ to development
CHITTAGONG, Mar 18: Despite improvement in the corruption index of the country due to different steps taken by the government graft still poses a big challenge to development, a seminar has been told.
Referring to the TIB Corruption Conception Index experts said Bangladesh still stands 145th out of 176 countries, and except Afghanistan the position of Bangladesh is at the lowest among South Asian countries. The seminar on New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance was organised at a hotel in the port city on Saturday.
Citizens’ Platform for SDG Bangladesh, in association with the Community Development Centre (CODEC) and the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organised it.
Chittagong City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin spoke on the occasion as the chief guest while East Delta University vice chancellor Professor Sekander Khan and eminent educationist Professor Ferdous Ara Aleem spoke as special guests.
Core Group member of the Citizens’ Platform and executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Ms Shaheen Anam gave the introductory statement.
Chaired by Convener of the Citizens’ Platform and Honorary Fellow of the CPD (Centre for Policy Dialogue) Professor Debapriya Bhattacharya the event was also addressed by deputy executive director of CIDEC Kamol Sengupta, Sachetan Nagorik Committee’s Chittagong unit president Engineer Delwar Majumder and coordinator of the Citizens’ Platform and CPD director Anisatul Fatema Yusuf.
Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the TIB and Core Group member of the Citizens’ Platform, presented the keynote paper at the session.
The speakers said it is possible alone for the government or citizens’ platform to ensure peace, security, human rights and good governance. The government must play its role in a coordinated was with others from their respective positions in the context of the prevailing reality of the country. They emphasised participation of all stakeholders, including public representatives, government, private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge community and development partners in the implementation process for attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Published in Daily Sun on Sunday, 19 March 2017
Peace, HR key areas for SDG achievement
Chittagong: Speakers at a dialogue here on Saturday said peace, security, human rights and good governance will be the key priority areas in achieving the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, reports UNB.
The Bangladesh government has taken measures over the past few years to reform laws and strengthen institutional initiatives to establish good governance in the administrative system, they said laying emphasis on citizen’s awareness and strengthening institutional capacity to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
They observed that unfortunately the advantages of these initiatives have not reflected on public life, for which it is essential to increase citizen’s awareness, strengthen administrative capacities and make political will visible.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, in association with Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) Sachetan Nagarik Committee (SANAC), Chittagong and the Community Development Centre (CODEC), Chittagong arranged the dialogue titled ‘The New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance’.
City Mayor AJM Nasiruddin attended the dialogue as the chief guest with convenor of the Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya in the chair.
Vice Chancellor of East Delta University, Chittagong Prof Sekandar Khan, eminent educationist Prof Ferdous Ara Alim attended as special guests, said a press release.
Executive Director of TIB and Core Group Member of the Citizen’s Platform Dr Iftekharuzzaman made the keynote presentation at the session, highlighting that institutional and policy framework that would be helpful in establishing good governance and control corruption.
Transparency and accountability of the political parties are essential elements of the democratic system that impact other institutions of democracy, said the participants.
Discussants at the event highlighted that attaining SDGs require inclusiveness of different marginalised groups who lag behind in the development landscape of the country.