VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale. By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices.
A pre-budget discussion held on 7 May 2016 at National Press Club, Dhaka. The discussion was jointly organised by SUPRO and other 7 civil society organisations including VOICE. The occasion widely covered by national media. Some news links have pasted below:
A Supreme Court lawyer on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, serves a legal notice seeking halt on biometric registration for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards of mobile operators claiming it violates privacy and has a potential malafide purpose. Star file photo
A Supreme Court lawyer today served a legal notice seeking a halt to biometric registration for subscriber identity module (SIM) cards of mobile operators claiming it violates privacy and has a potential malafide intention.
Lawyer Md Humayan Kabir Pallab also added concerns that the biometric data, supplied to some private companies, might be used for criminal activities.
The lawyer served the notice on behalf of Khairul Hasan Sarker, a citizen from Segun Bagicha in Dhaka. The collection of biometric data is absolutely illegal, arbitrary, malafide and without any substance of state security, he said in the legal notice.
Post and telecommunication secretary, law secretary, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), inspector-general of police (IGP), Dhaka metropolitan police commissioner, Grameenphone, Robi Axiata Ltd, Airtel Bangladesh Ltd, Banglalink Ltd, Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd, and Pacific Bangladesh Ltd (Citycell) have been made respondents to the legal notice.
Speakers at a city programme on Wednesday emphasized the importance of implementation of the `Transforming our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)' that has been adopted by the September 25-27 UN General Assembly in New York.
A Meet-the-Press event was held in this regard at the Jatiya Press Club jointly organised by development research organisation VOICE and NOW SDGs and Beyond 2015, a global civil society platform advocating for sustainable development goals.
VOICE Executive Director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud in his keynote paper termed political will as indispensable to start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national, sub-national and local levels including introduction of clear plans and timelines for participatory implementation at national and local levels. He, however, stressed the need to formulate a national sustainable development strategy for implementation of SDGs through a participatory process. "Governments must prioritize sustainable development investment, especially in pro-poor infrastructure and utilities, which starts with the needs of the poorest and the most marginalized people, ensuring that programme success indicators are linked directly to positive and measurable impacts," he said.
[Dhaka, 14 October 2015] Speakers emphasized the importance of implementation of the `Transforming our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG)’ that has been adopted by the United Nations Member States in 25-27 September 2015 in New York through UN’s 70th General Assembly. A Meet-the-Press event was held at the National Press Club today jointly organised by VOICE, a development research organisation, NOW SDGs and Beyond 2015, a global civil-society platform advocating for sustainable development goals. Reading out the key note paper, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE told that political will is indispensable to start implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national, sub-national and local levels, including introducing clear plans and timelines for participatory implementation at national and local levels.
A Meet the Press is to be held at the conference room of National Press Club, Dhaka at 11 a.m. on 14 October 2015. The event will be organized by VOICE and Beyond 2015.
The meeting will discuss on how we, the stakeholders including civil society, media, business sector can play a collective role in review and monitoring SDGs. It will demand Government to formulate national strategy of implementation SDGs and form a national committee comprising the representatives from the different stakeholders in a transparent and accountable way.
UN summit on new universal agenda begins Sep 25
Global campaigners are spearheading a move to persuade policymakers to adopt an agenda at the UN summit for a new world order based on equality and redistributive justice for all.
As part of the global campaign, development activists at a meet in Dhaka Friday called for framing such new agenda on sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be taken up at the United Nations Summit 2015.
The meet-the-press event was organised jointly by VOICE, a development research organisation, and Beyond 2015, a global civil-society platform advocating for sustainable development goals.
The UN summit is going to be held at the UN headquarters in New York on 25-27 September on the theme 'Transforming Our World-The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)'. The global meet will adopt Sustainable Development Goals as the next development paradigm.
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end in September 2015, the United Nations undertakes new development framework that will be adopted at the summit session of world leaders during the 70th UN General Assembly.
A high-level Bangladesh delegation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves on 22nd September for the UN summit.
Speakers emphasized the importance of implementation of the `Transforming our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG)’ ahead of United Nations Summit in New York from 25-27 September 2015 for the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals.
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in September 2015, the United Nations undertakes new development framework that will be adopted in 25-27 September 2015 through its 70th General Assembly. Speakers highlighted that a majority of people are living in the extreme poverty condition though Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is being reached to end while many of the goals would not be fully met by 2015. Speakers indicated the growing inequality between rich and poor and among countries emerged as a huge challenge that must be properly addressed in the new framework that will be adopted at the United Nations Summit in September. Speakers urged a sustainable agenda for the world based on equality and redistributive justice for all enshrined by human rights.
A MEET THE PRESS on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 11 September 2015 at the Sagor-Runi Auditorium, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka. The occasion will jointly organize by VOICE and Beyond 2015.
THE MEET THE PRESS will submit expectations and demands from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) towards the upcoming United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda that will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York.
VOICE and Beyond 2015 is going to organize a seminar on "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" to be held in Mymensingh on 2 September 2015. It aims at engaging civil society actors in the discussion on SDGs and raise critical understanding for future collaborations implementing the SDGs at the national level.
The post-2015 outcome document - "Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for sustainable development" is now available in the six official languages of the UN at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld
Also, please note that six issues briefs which will serve as background for the Interactive Dialogues to be held as part of the September Summit have been posted on our website at: