Update October 6, 2015

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Five challenges for Bangladesh to implement SDGs

Sumel Sarker

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Five challenges for Bangladesh to implement SDGs

6 October 2015, Nirapad News: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a civil society think tank of the country, on Monday observed that Bangladesh will face five challenges to implement the agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The key challenges for Bangladesh in implementing the SDGs are: Integration in the national planning process; Financial and non-financial resources; Institutional mechanism for implementation; Data for Monitoring; and Participation and accountability.

CPD distinguished fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya articulated the points while sharing the implementing challenges of SDGs for Bangladesh at a media briefing at BRAC Centre Inn in city in the afternoon.

Dr Bhattacharya further said to face the challenges Bangladesh should build on its attainments and unfinished agenda as regards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with particular emphasis on economic reformation, employment generation and governance for successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Attainment of the SDGs would require a strong and effective institutional mechanism involving all stakeholders including public representatives across the country, government and the bureaucracy, private sector, civil society, knowledge community, and development partners.

He also said adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 25, as many as 193 UN member states have committed to work towards implementing the 17 SDGs as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development within their own countries and at the regional and global levels.

An ongoing CPD study has found that among the 17 SDGs, eight goals (poverty, hunger and nutrition, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, energy, combat climate change, global partnership) are better integrated in the existing national prioritization processes in Bangladesh while the rest are in need of further attention.

Along with emphasis on the weaker areas, the uneven progress of MDGs across different regions could be another basis to start working for implementation of the SDGs in the country-level, flagged an outline presented by Dr Bhattacharya.

He also put emphasis on afforestation to keep the environmental balance which is extremely important to attain the SDGs.

Moreover, SDGs implementation would require added investment of another $5-7 trillion around the globe per year. Of the amount, around $2.5 trillion would be the deficit.

The CPD fellow, however, criticised the planning of SDGs saying it (planning) did not mention the source of this deficit money except mentioning about domestic sources.

He also put emphasis on procurement of wealth from domestic sources as well as the proper utilization of this wealth and foreign assistances.

CPD executive director Mustafizur Rahman, additional research director Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem and research fellow Towfiqul Islam Khan, among others, were present at the briefing.

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