Development experts have emphasised the importance of implementation of the ‘Transforming Our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’, adopted by the United Nations Member States on September 25-27, 2015 in New York through the UN’s 70th General Assembly.
The attached importance to the issue at a meet the press event held at the National Press Club on Wednesday, jointly organised by VOICE, a development research organisation, NOW SDGs and Beyond 2015, a global civil-society platform advocating for sustainable development goals.
While presenting the keynote paper, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of VOICE, said political will is indispensable to start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national, sub-national and local levels, including introducing clear plans and timeline for participatory implementation at national and local levels.
Ahmed Swapan further mentioned to formulate a national sustainable development strategy for SDGs implementation through a participatory process, including people experiencing poverty and marginalisation. This strategy should make meaningful commitments on the progressive realisation of all the SDGs.
The government must ensure that national and local resources are allocated to the implementation of the SDGs and it must prioritise the sustainable development investment, especially in pro-poor infrastructure and utilities, which starts with the needs of the poorest and most marginalised people, ensuring that programme’s success indicators are linked directly with positive and measurable impacts.
Ahmed Swapan urged the government to form a national coordination committee to establish inclusive national baselines, national data collection and management systems, participatory and inclusive monitoring and reporting mechanisms for the implementation of the SDGs as well as to agree to public, inclusive and participatory national review mechanism.
He further emphasised that the government should reaffirm the universality of the Post-2015 agenda and align it with 7th Five-Year Plan in Bangladesh that must be consulted with people at all stakes for the ownership of the development plans and projects.