SUPRO (Campaingn for Good Goverance), a grassroots civil society network urged the MPs to play active role for accountable, transparent and effective implementation of SDGs and 7th Five Year Plan in a dicussion meeting with the Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget held on yesterday at the Oath Room, National Parliament Building, Dhaka.
Dr. Md. Rustum Ali Faraji, MP chaired the meeting while General Secretary of the Caucus Nazmul Haque Prodhan, MP and General Secreatary of SUPRO Md. Arifur Rahman welcomed all. SUPRO Director Alison Subrata Baroi presented the key note paper tilted “Implementaion and Challenges: Sustainable Development Goals-2030 and Bangladesh 7th Five Year Plan”. Member of Parliamentary Caucus and Parliamentary Standing Committee, national council members of SUPRO, university teachers, representatives from development partners, NGOs and media took part in the meeting. Former Chairperson of SUPRO Abdul Awal moderated the session.
The key note paper highlighted that the heads of 193 countries has approved the global development framework - the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 on 25th September 2015 in UN HQ, New York, which is a result of inclusive and collective effort from all the states and non states actors that consolidated wide range of needs and aspiration from human rights perspectives. In connection with the spirit of SDGs, Bangladesh government has developed and approved its 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) in October 20, 2015. As the goals and targets of the SDGs are well taken care of in the formulation of the 7th Five Year Plan, it can be said that the country will be an ‘early starter’ in the implementation process of the SDGs. However, there are some challenges for effective, accountable and transparent implementation that include how the country will develop its own indicators; what would be the monitoring and accountable mechasim; how the fund will be mobilized to carryout the activities; how the plan will be reflected in annual plan and budget, to what extent the participation from all stakes will be ensured; to what extent the developed countries commitment will be ensured and so on. Finally SUPRO placed 10 recommendations to the government and members of parliament. Key of the recommendations is below:
NEW York is buzzing with hype and hope, as world leaders are about to gather there from September 25-27 to ratify another set of development goals for the next fifteen years. The journey of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ends this year and that of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) begins from next year for the period of 2016-2030. On the eve of 70th anniversary of the UN, heads of states will formally adopt a new development framework- “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in short Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an expectation ‘No One Living Behind’.
In the helm of entire plethora of hope and aspiration Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) the leading nationwide platform on Governance campaign has started countrywide awareness raising, discussion and consultation meeting with cross section of peoples especially at the grassroots level on Sustainable Development Goals and reflections on current 7 Five Year Plan. Based on recommendations from the grassroots (43 Districts out of 45) SUPRO has organized a Dialogue with Media at National Press Club, Dhaka in order to bring greater attention of global and state leaders on the proper planning and implementation of SDGs both at global, regional and national level wlth inclusive participation of duty bearers, right holders and other relavant stakeholders by ensuring transparent and ve, accountable mechanism at all levels.
SUPRO organized its National Post- Budget Discussion Meeting 2015 on 14th June 2015 at the conference room of the ministers' hostel in the national parliament. SUPRO prepared the recommendations after organizing Budget Reaction in 45 districts across the country. Mr. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud moderated the Discussion while Alison Subrata Baroi gave welcome speech. State Minister for Finance and Planning Ministry Mr. M A Mannan attended the discussion meeting as the chief guest and Mr. Mir Shawkat Ali Badshah MP, Mr. Nazmul Haque Pradhan MP, Begum Sanjida Khanam MP, Mr. Rustom Ali Forayji MP, Mst. Salina Jahan Lita MP, Mst. Navana Akter MP were the respected special guests. In addition Mr. Golam Moazzem Additional Research Director of CPD (Centre for Policy Dialogue) was present as the key discussant.
Ms. Shakera Nahar, Campaign Coordinator of SUPRO presents the position paper of SUPRO. Forty Five District Secretary and Policy Leaders of SUPRO added their grassroots voices and concerns to the event. Among others, University Teachers, Researchers, Development Partners, Students and Media Personnel were the valued discussants. Almost 75 participants grace the event.