In achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it is important that the government engages the civil society in its implementation process. The non-government and civil society organisations, therefore, need to enhance their capacities in understanding the SDG issues and identifying the implementation challenges.

Keeping this in view, the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh in partnership with Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), organised a workshop titled Appreciation Course on 2030 Agenda: Framework Issues and Implementation Challenges on Saturday 19 November 2016 for its Partner organisations at BRAC Conference Room, Dhaka.

sdg-implementation-csos-need-to-enhance-capacity-02-jpg42 executives from 36 Partner organisations of the Platform took part in the workshop. The objective of the workshop was to upgrade the level of understanding of the participants on SDGs as regards the key issues and challenges, identifying gaps in policies and strategies; effective resource allocation and financing towards the implementation process in the context of Bangladesh. The programme was designed with interactive lecture sessions and group activities prioritising the Goals and Targets, addressing ‘leaving no one behind’.

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Convenor of the Platform and CPD Distinguished Fellow, in his lecture, mentioned all the goals and targets of the SDGs are integrated and it will require inclusive approaches and parallel processes. Private sectors need to find the policy gaps and support the government in its efforts to achieve SDGs.

Core Group Member of the Platform and CPD Executive Director Professor Mustafizur Rahman focused on institutional frameworks for SDGs implementation, finance, and availability and adequacy of data to monitor the SDGs in his lecture.

Core Group Members of Platform Dr Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, Vice-Chairperson and Adviser to the Chairperson, BRAC, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Mr Asif Ibrahim, Vice-Chairman, New Age Group were present at various sessions of the workshop. The workshop ended with a certificate awarding ceremony.