Performing quite well in terms of both economic growth and social development, Bangladesh is now poised for moving on to a higher development trajectory while the 2030 Agenda will help galvanize and strengthen the process, experts told a seminar on Saturday.
Identifying the financing of SDG implementation as the biggest challenge, they suggested for participation of all stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, education and skill development sector, financial sector to act combined towards a successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The observations were made in a seminar styled “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” organised by Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), at Ramna area in the city.
Former chief justice M Tofajjal Islam attended the seminar as the chief guest with EAB President Professor Dr Abul Baraqat in the chair.
Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Dr Qazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmad presented the keynote paper.
“It has been envisioned in the 2030 Agenda that no one will be left behind; sustainable development will be at the core of socio-economic transformation, economies will be transformed for jobs and inclusive growth; peace and effective, open and accountable institutions will be built for all; and new global partnerships will be forged to carry forward the 2030 Agenda”, Dr Q K Ahmad said in his keynote.
Referring that the priority ordering of the 17 SDGs as well as the targets under them varies from country to country depending on their internal and external circumstances and level of development, Dr Ahmad suggested that the goals ‘end poverty in all its forms’, ‘end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ and ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and reduce inequality within and among countries’ are accorded to have top priority.
He stressed effective coordination among government ministries and other agencies, between the central and local governments, and between the government, all other stakeholders and actors. Observing that coordination gaps bedevil effective implementation of policies and programmes in Bangladesh, he suggested to develop a robust coordination mechanism so that the best possible results are obtained through coordinated actions of all the actors, which can ensure the best possible utilization of the available resources towards achieving the targets set.
Describing the challenges of SDG implementation, speakers said that in the context of development of Bangladesh the private sector has a huge stake whereas there is an understanding gap within the private sector in regard to participate in the SDG implementation process.
They suggested removing regulatory bottleneck and demanded to form a separate ministry on implementation and coordination of the SDG goals.