A citizen conference on SDGs is going to be held in Dhaka on Wednesday aimed at giving voice to the people who are left behind in the implementation process of the global agenda.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh will arrange the day-long ‘Citizen Conference 2017: Implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh’ at Bangladesh Krishibid Institute, said the organization at a press conference held at Cirdap auditorium on Sunday.
“The basic theme of the conference is no one should be left behind,” Convener of Citizen's Platform Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya said, adding that the conference will be held with three major objectives.
The objectives include, among others, to give voice to marginalised, disadvantaged and discriminated population of Bangladesh; to make more visible the contribution of non-government sector and the private sector in SDGs implementation; and to explore the areas of collaboration between the non-government and government sectors.
Through this conference, Dr Debapriya said, they want to create more awareness among the citizens and policy makers about the people who are left behind from the development process.
It will also ensure better coordination among the non-government sector and private sector in implementing SDGs; and improvement of the collaborative relationship and partnership with the government, non-government and private sectors will be achieved, he informed.
"All these three objectives and achievements will be connected through five major inputs in the conference," he said.
The five inputs include release of a research report prepared by CPD on marginalized people who are left behind in Bangladesh; debate, discussion and presentations on all the pillars and goals of SDGs; an exhibition on contributions made by the non-government sector and private sector in SDGs implementation; an inspirational movie regarding creating awareness about people who are left behind; and finally a citizen's declaration 2017.
"We strongly believe through this we'll improve the voice of the marginalised people, create social mobilisation and awareness, and also make the government and the society accountable to these marginalised people," Dr Debapriya said.
There will be a cultural show in the conference to raise the country's cultural diversity.
Country Director of the Hunger Project Dr Badiul Alam Majumder said the conference is important to give voice to the marginalised people and explicit the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Hunger Project is one of 74 partners of the citizen's platform. Core group members of the Citizen's Platform, Rasheda K Choudhury and Shaheen Anam were present at the briefing.