Chittagong: Speakers at a dialogue here on Saturday said peace, security, human rights and good governance will be the key priority areas in achieving the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, reports UNB.
The Bangladesh government has taken measures over the past few years to reform laws and strengthen institutional initiatives to establish good governance in the administrative system, they said laying emphasis on citizen’s awareness and strengthening institutional capacity to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
They observed that unfortunately the advantages of these initiatives have not reflected on public life, for which it is essential to increase citizen’s awareness, strengthen administrative capacities and make political will visible.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, in association with Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) Sachetan Nagarik Committee (SANAC), Chittagong and the Community Development Centre (CODEC), Chittagong arranged the dialogue titled ‘The New Global Development Agenda: Peace and Security, Human Rights and Governance’.
City Mayor AJM Nasiruddin attended the dialogue as the chief guest with convenor of the Citizen’s Platform and Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya in the chair.
Vice Chancellor of East Delta University, Chittagong Prof Sekandar Khan, eminent educationist Prof Ferdous Ara Alim attended as special guests, said a press release.
Executive Director of TIB and Core Group Member of the Citizen’s Platform Dr Iftekharuzzaman made the keynote presentation at the session, highlighting that institutional and policy framework that would be helpful in establishing good governance and control corruption.
Transparency and accountability of the political parties are essential elements of the democratic system that impact other institutions of democracy, said the participants.
Discussants at the event highlighted that attaining SDGs require inclusiveness of different marginalised groups who lag behind in the development landscape of the country.