Speakers Demanded to Form a Participatory and Inclusive National Implementation Committee on SDGs
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’ event on Transforming our World - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) was held at the City's Dhaka Reporters Unity organized jointly by VOICE, a development research organization and Beyond 2015, a global civil society platform advocating for sustainable development goals. Reading out the keynote paper, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE told that an urgent commitment is required 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 level.
Ahmed Swapan mentioned that we need to develop a national sustainable development strategy, formulated and implemented through a participatory process, inclusive of people experiencing poverty and marginalization. This strategy should make meaningful, measurable commitments on the progressive realization of all the SDGs. He stressed for setting up and enhancing institutionalized national sustainable development commissions, consisting of, at least, the national statistical offices, social, environment, finance, foreign affairs, planning, civil society and other stakeholders in order to work on the implementation and monitoring of the Post-2015 agenda. The commitment towards a transparent and participatory system for the definition of national indicators as well as a broad disaggregation of data will be critical to leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first in the national contextualization of the SDGs and targets.
Alison Subrata Baroi, Director of Campaign for Good Governance (Supro) said a positive allocation of funds and financial resources is essential for a participatory, transparent and inclusive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Leaders must ensure that national and local resources are allocated to the implementation of the SDGs. Governments must prioritize sustainable development investment, especially in pro-poor infrastructure and utilities, which starts with the needs of the poorest and most marginalized people, ensuring that program success indicators are linked directly with positive impacts. A roadmap for the communication and dissemination of information about the new Agenda at national, sub-national and local levels, allowing for all people to be aware and capable of follow-up on progress on its implementation
CPRD executive director, Shamsuddoha said Governments must commit to create opportunities for real dialogue between people about the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda, especially marginalized and excluded groups, and authorities at the local and national levels by institutionalizing dialogue structures, such as inclusive and open debates – at parliamentary and local government level, and also within communities; and national conferences – to discuss implementation and share best practices; public forums; and meetings with key national decision makers.
Civil society and other stakeholders will be meaningfully engaged in the implementation -including the formulation of national strategies and plans- as well as monitoring and review of the 2030 sustainable development agenda at national, sub-national and local levels, he added.
Speakers also urged the Government to commit to establish inclusive national baselines, national data collection and management systems, participatory and inclusive monitoring and reporting mechanisms for the implementation of the SDGs as well as to agree to public, inclusive and participatory national review mechanisms. It is also emphasized so that the government reaffirms the universality of the Post-2015 agenda and to implement it in its integrality and focusing on the inter-linkages between the different areas. The SDGs represent a broad common global sustainable development framework; therefore the universality principle is one of the keys for the SDGs successful implementation both at the global, regional and national levels.
A national Watch Group on SDGs comprising civil society members, professional bodies, academicians, rights groups etc, will be formed soon after the New York Summit to look after the progress of the implementation and monitoring activities on SDGs by the Government, said the organizer.