In order to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN, the government needs to work carefully as well as in cooperation with both public and private stakeholders, speakers said in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The call came at a discussion titled “Implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh: Leave no one behind,” organized by Dhaka-based think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
Moderated by CPD Distinguished Fellow Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, the discussion was attended by experts, economists and representatives from NGOs and civil society.
Addressing the event, CPD Chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan said the government must formulate plans to attain the SDGs keeping development across the country in mind.
“We need to work more carefully to achieve these goals,” he said. “We have to identify the sectors which are important first, and then we should work on their development.”
The speakers urged the government to ensure that not a single citizen of the country is deprived of the benefits of achieving the SDGs.
The discussants also insisted on identifying vulnerable groups in the country, which would greatly help overcome the obstacles while implementing the SDGs by 2030.
Rights activist Sultana Kamal said: “If all the issues relating to the SDGs are sorted out, people will start benefiting and their standard of life will improve.”
CPD Research Fellow Tawfiqul Islam Khan unveiled a study at the event, which says asset inequality in Bangladesh is increasing faster than income inequality.