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On the right track

  • Published at 12:00 am January 27th, 2019
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Given the very nature of how the SDGs were designed, cooperation will be of utmost importance

While Bangladesh has achieved remarkable progress over the last 48 years since our independence, an area that is increasingly gaining traction as a metric of national progress is sustainability.

To that end, Bangladesh appears to be quite steady in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by its deadline of the year 2030.

The goals were made to benefit the most marginalized and the most vulnerable in any given society, and given that Bangladesh is home to some of the most marginalized communities in the world, not to mention that ours is also one of the most climate-vulnerable nations in the world, it becomes all the more important for us to meet the SDGs to the best of our capability.

However, given the very nature of how the SDGs were designed, cooperation will be of utmost importance -- meeting the SDGs will require working together with other nations, non-government organizations, and other entities such as rights groups.

Advocates have an important role to play in ensuring that a nation progresses with each and every citizen in mind, and with so many in Bangladesh still struggling due to the effects of a wide economic disparity and climate-related risks, it would behoove the government to put its faith in such third-party groups and work together to ensure sustainable growth for Bangladesh.

Our country is on the right track, now we just need to make sure we make it in time.