MDGs Progress Review & Presentation of Shadow Report
Speakers have demanded in a National Sharing Meeting on MDGs Progress Review & Presentation of Shadow Report today (9 December, 2009) to set country specific target for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in considering the country context to eradicate poverty and ensure essential services for all citizens organized by SUPRO a national network of grass roots organizations at Press Club, Dhaka. The guest speakers and expert on MDGs Professor Dr. M.S.Akbar, MP & Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Abdul Mannan, former state minister for tourism and civil aviation, Mohammad Tarique Ahsan, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education and Research, Dhaka University, Sanjida Akther Nira, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Development Studies, Dhaka University, Monisha Biswas, National MDGs Advocacy and Communication Expert, UN Millennium Campaign , Bangladesh were present in the national sharing meeting. Among others, MA Quader, Secretary General of SUPRO, Manju Rani Pramanik, Executive Board member of SUPRO, MA Salam, National Council member of SUPRO, Sharifa Khatun, Executive Board member of SUPRO, civil society members, media professionals and district networking members of SUPRO were also present in the national sharing meeting. The round table discussion was moderated by SUPRO’s Chairperson Abdul Awal and the discussion paper was jointly presented by Lawrence Besra and Qumrunnessa Nazly Coordinator of SUPRO. A total of 135 participants have attended at the National Consultation meeting on MDGs.
The speakers have strongly demanded that emphasizing the local problems MDGs work plan has to be fixed in considering the country context of Bangladesh by 2015. Considering the poverty issues largely caused by climate change, unemployment, market liberalization, and commercialization of essential services sustainable work plan has to be undertaken for proper implementation. Without having a congenial plan government activities would not bring any fruitful efforts for people.
In the consultation meeting, M.S.Akbar, MP and Chairmen of parliamentarian Standing Committee on government promises has stressed that it will not be effective and fruitful any plans taken by the influence of donors without taking plans in considering the country context of Bangladesh. In this regard, every work plan and policies has to be taken considering the country perspective.
Abdul Mannan, former state minister for tourism and civil aviation has said that to eradicate poverty of rural and urban areas government has to introduce and operate various incentives and packages to protect the poor and marginalized people.
Mohammad Tarique Ahsan, Assistant Professor, Institute of Education and Research of Dhaka University has emphasized that in order to develop and ensure quality education curriculum has to be updated and relevant teachers have to train up for delivering quality education as well as teachers have to be empowered to teaching according to the geographical locations of the country.
Sanjida Akther Nira, Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Development Studies, of Dhaka University has commented that the indicators of gender empowerment are not enough for the empowerment of women. In this regard, women friendly education and working environment has to be ensured.
In the presentation of SUPRO, it has also been recommended that appropriate strategies and policies have to take in considering the geographical locations such as, Char, Haor and Monga areas, vulnerable and marginalized communities in light of targets and indicators of MDGs. The rural economy for an example land resources have to be used properly in considering the landless people, slum dwellers, and government rationing system has to be operated in light of rights based perspectives. In order to address hunger and poverty, social safety net programs have to extend for the vulnerable and marginalized community with a view to make them efficient human resources and manpower that will contribute to the development of the economy of Bangladesh.
The round table discussion was ended with the vote of thanks to the participants and guests by Abdul Awal, Chairperson of SUPRO followed by specific recommendations those are as; in order to achieve the goals of MDGs local need based integrated policy has to be undertaken, government budget has to be increased for essential services and every sectors corruption, mismanagement has to be eliminated and local government bodies have to strengthen for the entire development of people of Bangladesh.