RANGPUR: The political parties should implement commitments to youth in their manifestos for the 11th parliamentary elections giving priority to them to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Leading development experts, economists, youth and civil society members expressed the views at a dialogue styled “Electoral Commitments and Youth Agenda” held at a city hotel on Friday evening, reports BSS.The Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Nagorik Uddyog and Jaago Foundation jointly organised the event aiming at determining preferences of local youth to attain the SDGs.
Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa attended the dialogue as the chief guest with Core Group Member of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs and distinguished Fellow of CPD Professor Mostafizur Rahman in the chair.
Former Prof of the Department of Economics at Rangpur Carmichael College Malay Kishore Bhattacharya and Member of the Central Committee of Sushashoner Janno Nagorik Akbar Hossain were present as guests of honour.
Chief Executive of Nagorik Uddyog Zakir Hossain delivered welcome speech narrating goals and objectives of the dialogue.
Convener of the Citizen’s Platform and distinguished Fellow of CPD Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya delivered keynote presentation.
Debapriya discussed manifestos presented by different political parties pledging various commitments concerning youth before the 11th parliamentary elections.He said political parties committed in election manifestos to enhance capacity of youth, create employment opportunities and formulate a policy for young entrepreneurs, increase rooms for quality education, research and many others.
“The youth are the catalyst of accelerating development and they have capacity to identify challenges being faced by the society and contribute to mitigating such barriers with their innovations,” he added.
Dr Debapriya further said Bangladesh in advancing forward on its journey to implement the SDGs by 2030 and suggested policymakers to act appropriately for mobilising the youth power to attain sustainable development.
The open discussion session turned attractive with participation of youth, professionals and civil society organisations, academics and journalists.
The chief guest said the youth must be given priority while implementing commitments in the election manifestos along with promoting youth entrepreneurship and producing skilled youth workforce for achieving the SDGs.