It is very encouraging to see that this focus on the SDGs is paying dividend
Ever since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, Bangladesh has been vocal in its ambition to fulfil them. This was also congruent with its impressive showing with regard to the Millennium Development Goals previously.
While Bangladesh’s urgency in reacting to the fulfilment of the SDGs was the only logical approach, the authorities concerned nevertheless deserve plaudits for always keeping an eye on our progress.
Six years in, and it is very encouraging to see that this focus on the SDGs is paying dividend; according to the Sustainable Development Report 2021, Bangladesh and two other countries -- Afghanistan and Cote d’Ivoire -- have made the most progress on the SDGs Index score since the adoption of the 2030 global agenda in 2015.
While this development is indeed positive, and is testament to the importance of continued focus on a goal, Bangladesh would do well to not congratulate itself just yet. While the progress has undoubtedly been stellar, Bangladesh still ranks 109th among 165 countries on the index, and is behind many countries in the South Asian region.
Therefore, it is imperative that the authorities concerned, instead of just celebrating their progress, use it as a catalyst to redouble their efforts of fulfilling the SDGs and continue to make progress and climb the rankings on the index. Bangladesh wants to become a prosperous, equitable nation, and leave no one behind. Fulfilling the SDGs will be among the key steps that will take us there.