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BTB for partnering with youths to attain SDGs

  • Published at 01:02 am September 18th, 2016
BTB for partnering with youths to attain SDGs
As part of its move, national tourism organisation organised a day-long workshop on “SDG Implementation” in association with Stride Bangladesh at its office in the capital recently. A total of 20 students including young travelers, youth community leaders and young professionals attended the workshop. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon distributed certificates among the participants. Nikhil Ranjon Ray, director (Joint secretary) of Bangladesh Tourism Board said: “On January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted by the world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit -officially came in to force.” The SDGs have certain similarities with its predecessor called “Millennium Development Goals” in terms of poverty, healthcare, education and environmental sustainability but the SDGs are more robust, ambitious and detailed in characteristics. The SDGs touched all the key aspects of future development and denoted that all sorts of development have to be inclusive yet controlled in nature. Among the SDGs, sustainable tourism has been given the highest priority. In particular, the tourism sector has been focused in goals 8, 12 and 14, which address inclusive and sustainable economic growth, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources respectively. The goal eight of SDGs says: “To devise and implement policies by 2030 for promoting sustainable tourism that creates jobs and upholds local culture and products.” The target of the Goal 12 is to develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. Goal 14 targets to increase the economic benefits to small island developing states and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism by its stipulated timeframe. Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, CEO of Tourism Board said: “Bangladesh Tourism Board will work out a Comprehensive Tool Kits for measuring and monitoring environmental, economic and social impacts for the development of sustainable tourism under Tourism Master Plan.” Under this plan, small potential offshore islands would come under sustainable development of tourism, destination and product planning, substantial investment in education and tourism infrastructure, adopting a proper strategy and policies to address inadequacy to domestic air connectivity as well as to boost growth of the tourism industry.
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