The Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh organised a national Conference titled “VNR 2020 of Bangladesh: Positioning Non-State Actors” on 11 March 2020 in Dhaka. The event was organised in association with, eleven (11) of its Partner Organisations, ActionAid Bangladesh, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), HEKS/EPER, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), Nagorik Uddyog, Plan International Bangladesh, Save the Children in Bangladesh, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), VSO Bangladesh, WaterAid Bangladesh and the World Vision Bangladesh.

A total of ten thematic policy briefs were presented and discussed at the event with a view to providing inputs to the Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2020 process of the Government of Bangladesh. Mr Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, as the Chief Guest, and Mr Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, as the Special Guest, attended the opening session of the Conference. Dr Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division, Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh, delivered his remarks as the Chief Guest, and Mr K M Abdus Salam, Director General (Additional Secretary), NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Bangladesh, spoke as the Guest of Honour at the Closing session of the event. Designed with three thematic sessions related to various issues of youth and young people of Bangladesh, the day-long Conference was participated by around 250 presentative from CSOs, NGOs, academia, think-tanks, private sectors and media. [more to follow]