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Parliamentarians’ role important in achieving SDGs: Speaker

Parliamentarians’ role important in achieving SDGs: Speaker

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Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Friday said the role of parliamentarians is very important in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they are actively participating as partners in implementing the plans and policies adopted by the government, reports BSS.

Parliamentarians have responsibility towards people as they are people’s representatives and have been elected by the direct votes of the people. As part of that responsibility, Bangladeshi parliamentarians are engaging themselves more in the welfare of people, she said.

Speaker said this while holding a meeting with the officials of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) including its deputy executive director Ib Petersen.

While speaking about active participation of parliamentarians on issues like population and development in Bangladesh, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said Bangladesh Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (BAPPD) has been formed with 25 lawmakers under the leadership of the Speaker.

BAPPD is working on raising awareness on maternal health, family planning, child marriage and stopping gender violence, she added.

Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Muhammad Abdul Muhith and joint secretary at National Parliament Secretariat MA Kamal Billah were present at the meeting, among others.