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SDG logos unveiled at Social Good Summit 2015

Sumel Sarker

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SDG logos unveiled at Social Good Summit 2015

21 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as Global Goals logos were launched in Bangladesh on Sunday (September 20) during the Social Good Summit 2015 organised by UNDP at the NEC Auditorium of the Planning Commission in city.

UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Pauline Tamesis along with State Minister for Finance and Planning M A Mannan and State Minister for Information, Communication and Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak jointly unveiled the logos in Bangladesh for the first time, says a press release issued on Monday.

The SDGs are a global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all human beings enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Global Goals consist of 169 targets will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, the release added.

Building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Goals include new areas such as economic inequality, innovation, climate change, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among others. The SDGs are universal, inclusive and a bold commitment to people and planet.

Speaking about the importance of SDGs, Pauline Tamesis said that although UNDP has been regularly showcasing Bangladesh’s MDG achievements, it is important we focus on the future, particularly on the well-recognized “unfinished business”.

She also emphasized that for the SDGs it will be crucial to monitor and improve the quality of the services offered.

Lauding Bangladesh’s success in the digital sector, ICT state minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said that Bangladesh is in advantageous position due to its demographic dividend and the government has different projects in pipeline to train the youth in the IT sector to create valuable human resources.

He also said that the government is currently in the process of establishing 100,000 public Wi-Fi zones to make internet more affordable and available to the masses.

The SDGs will be globally launched on September 25 when world leaders will come together at the 70th UN General Assembly. The new SDGs and targets will come into effect on January 1, 2016.

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