Being encouraged by the two features of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. transformative and inclusive and remaining committed to implementing 2030 Agenda, a group of individuals has taken an initiative to set up the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh with the objective to contribute to the delivery of the SDGs and enhance accountability in its implementation process.
The Platform was formally launched on 18 June 2016. Apart from the Core Group of individual members, the Platform also include 74 organisations from across the country working on SDGs as Partners. The overall guidance is provided by an Advisory Group, who are eminent citizens of the country. Initially the activities of the Platform has been planned for five years (2016-2021). The Secretariat of the Platform is being hosted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). The Platform will provide an opportunity to track the progress of SDG delivery; sensitise policymakers towards challenges in implementation; bring transparency in the implementation process; and, facilitate exchange of information and coordination among all those working on the SDGs in Bangladesh. The Platform will also facilitate relevant stakeholders to work for the poor and marginalised e.g. ethnic groups, physically challenged etc., particularly for achieving SDG 16.