Bangladesh successfully achieves MDGs
31 January 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented that Bangladesh has met with tremendous successes in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
She made this remark at the concluding ceremony of two-day South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at city’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel on Sunday afternoon (January 31).
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) president Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, India’s Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Bhutan Parliament Speaker Jigme Zangpo, Maldives Parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, Afghan Parliament Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi attended the summit and Sri Lanka Parliament Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, among others, attended the ceremony.
‘As a key institution of democracy, Parliaments have an important role to play to make the SDGs a success. Practical steps need to be taken to advance the integration of the Goals at the national level and to monitor progress.’
‘I pledge to build political will in our South-Asian Parliaments in order to implement the SDGs through partnership, dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders, including citizens (men and women), civil society, community and religious leaders, and young people.’
The PM furthers said, ‘I fully recognize the interdependence between health and development. So, I firmly believe that parliaments in our regions and beyond must increase their efforts in both quantitative and qualitative terms to ensure healthy lives as propounded in SDG-3, by tackling the growing burden of tobacco related diseases in particular and non-communicable diseases in general, seemingly pervasive in our countries’.
According to her, World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementation is mostly imperative for two specific reasons – number one, without FCTC reaching the third goal of SDG ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ is impossible, and number two, tobacco is also a hindrance to reach the other SDGs.
Regarding the ‘Dhaka Declaration’ of South Asian Speaker’s Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the PM said, ‘I personally and my government as a whole do hereby fully endorse the Dhaka Declaration and commitments made by you, the Honorable Speakers of participating countries’.