The government on Wednesday launched ‘SDG tracker’ to closely monitor the overall execution of the sustainable development goal and make the best use of the related data to ensure efficient distribution of country’s limited resources.
The Access to Information (A2I) programme under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) developed the tool.General Economics Division (GED) and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will use the tracker along with all the ministries.
The tool was launched at a consultation workshop jointly organised by BBS and GED at BBS auditorium in the capital.
Data is the most important component in monitoring SDGs implementation. SDG tracker is being utilised in many countries as an effective means of attaining the SDGs and monitoring the progress.
The main objective of SDG tracker is to create an online data centre to help formulate proper policy for sustainable development and ensure an evidence-based approach to distribution of resources, officials concerned said.
“Information and data-based decision making and resource allocation in priority areas will play a key role in Bangladesh’s efforts to implement the SDGs,” said Chief SDG Coordinator Abul Kamal Azad.
“Bangladesh is not progressing at usual pace; it is advancing at an unbelievable pace. So, you have to proceed or be prepared in such a way that no one can say after five years that any sector is ignored,” he pointed out.“No work should be half done. Everything should be done fully,” he commented.
Speakers said Bangladesh attained global acclamation for its pioneering role in the implementation of MDGs and its commitment to achieving SDGs as well, which requires concerted efforts.
Kalam told the officials that it is everyone’s duty to implement the electoral manifesto of the government as it saw a landslide victory in December 30 election.
Speaking on the occasion, UNDP Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee informed that UNDP is working on SDGs in 170 countries, including Bangladesh.
He also informed that UNDP extended technical support to develop the tracker on a public-private partnership basis.
Statistics & Informatics Division (SID) Secretary Saurendra Nath Chakrabarty termed the launch of SDG tracker as a giant leap towards achieving the SDGs. BBS director general Dr Krishna Gayen informed that BBS has taken initiatives to increased capabilities of ministries regarding SDGs.
A2I project director Mustafizur Rahman, among others, also spoke on the occasion.