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Momen seeks external assistance to implement SDGs

  • Published at 10:48 pm September 19th, 2019
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen addresses SDGs and Bangladesh conference arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Thursday, September 19, 2019 Collected

He said no country could achieve SDGs alone and needed support from the associated countries

The government has formed 16 Ministerial Committees to coordinate with foreign donors for fund to implement targets included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has sought financial assistance from foreign countries and multilateral donor agencies to attain the SDGs.

The minister made the urge while addressing SDGs and Bangladesh conference arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Thursday.

He said no country could achieve SDGs alone and needed support from the associated countries.

"Not a single SDG will remain incomplete, however, it is quite impossible for the government alone to achieve all of them without adequate economic supports from donors," Momen said.

He added that the government formed 16 Ministerial committees to collect funds in order to achieve 17 goals within 2030.

The minister also said: "It is important to form partnerships with all the international donors. Bangladesh also needs support from all sources including its private sectors.”

He added that Bangladesh needed around $5 billion to $11 billion every year to accomplish SDGs.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh  already completed all stages of SDGs which would help it to achieve SDGs goals.

He said: “Foreign Ministry is closely observing all goals and several committees of the ministry are working over the issue. Bangladesh supports United Nation’s secretary’s reform initiatives.”

Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA regional director, Asia Pacific, said  Bangladesh and United Nations had been supporting each other for long time and these supports would be continued.

Renowned economist and chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad told that partnership was very much important for peace and prosperity.

In the conference UN officials made presentations on issues like poverty, inclusive economic growth, decent work, social protection and ‘leaving no one behind’, good governance, rule of law, human rights, participation and climate change.

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo vowed to continue supports for Bangladesh to achieve the SDGs goals.

Among others, Senior Secretary Shamsul Alam, Asif Saleh, executive director of BRAC, Manzoor Hasan, executive director, Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, chief executive of Bela, Nahida Sobhan, director general (UN) MoFA, Mustafizur Rahman, distinguish fellow, Centre for policy Dialogue (CPD), Abul Kalam Azad, principal coordinator (SDGs), Prime Minister’s Office, were present at the program as panel speakers.

17 goals of SDGs

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land, Peace and Justice Strong Institutions and Partnerships to achieve the Goal.