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Speakers Demanded to Form a Participatory and Inclusive National Implementation Committee on SDGs

By farjana - Posted on 11 September 2015

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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. 

Meet the Press on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

By farjana - Posted on 09 September 2015

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. 

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

By farjana - Posted on 30 August 2015

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 Available

By farjana - Posted on 29 August 2015

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: 

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit 

Seminars on Sustainable Development Agenda

By farjana - Posted on 22 August 2015

VOICE and Beyond 2015 is going to organize seminars on "Environmental Sustainability, climate change and SDGs" will be held in Satkhira on 23 August 2015. And another seminar on "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" will take place at Jessore, Jhenedha, Narail, from 24-26 August 2015.  It aims at engaging civil society actors in the discussion on the environment, climate change in relation to SDGs and raise critical understanding for future collaborations implementing the agenda at the national level. 

Focus on reform in financial regulations for global stability

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers suggested on Wednesday reform in financial sector regulations to safeguard global economic stability and protect poor people against future economic shocks.

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end in 2015, the United Nations (UN) has taken initiatives to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 in its general assembly (UNGA).

They were speaking at a national dialogue titled 'Financing for Development in Post-2015' in the city. Two non-government organisations - VOICE and Beyond 2015 - jointly organised the programme.

Eminent economist Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad presided over the dialogue, attended by a number of journalists and civil society members.

Prof. Dr. Mahbub Ali, former secretary Ali Kabir, chief reporter of Boishakhi Television Dip Azad, city editor of Daily Janakantha Kawsar Rahman, Jamal Uddin of Daily Ittefaq, Supro director Alison Subrata Baroi, attended the programme, among others.

VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, in his keynote paper, said financing for development clearly recognizes human rights as a basis to promote the inter-linkage between the three pillars of sustainable development - social, environmental and economic issues.

Dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers emphasized the importance of financing for the Post 2015 Development agenda that is being put forward by the United Nations with its member states. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015, the United Nations undertakes to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 through its General Assembly.

A dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015 was held jointly by VOICE and Beyond 2015 at the Weekly Ei Shomoy conference room on 13th May 2015, reports a press release. The dialogue was attended by the journalists and members of the civil society which was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad. Dr. Mahbub Ali, Former Secretary Ali Kabir, journalist Dip Azad, Chief Reporter Boishakhi Television, Kawsar Rahman, city editor of Daily Janakantha, Jamal Uddin of Daily Ittefaq, Alison Subrata Baroi, Director, Supro attended the dialogue among others.

Speakers: Financing key to Post-2015 development

By farjana - Posted on 14 May 2015

Speakers at a dialogue yesterday emphasised on the importance of financing for Post-2015 Development agenda that is being put forward by the United Nations to its member states. 

“As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015, the United Nations undertakes to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 through its General Assembly,’’ the dialogue titled “Financing for Development in Post 2015” was told. 

Journalists and civil society members attended the dialogue jointly organised by VOICE and Beyond 2015 with eminent economist Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair.

Presenting the keynote paper, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE said: “Financing for development explicitly recognises human rights as a basis to promote the inter-linkages among the three pillars of sustainable development such as social, environmental and economic issues.” 

He also proposed to ensure coordination through cross-ministerial commissions, and integration of targets into national and local sustainable development plans, and also integration of targets into national and local budgetary processes. 

Dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015

By farjana - Posted on 13 May 2015

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Speakers emphasized the importance of financing for the Post 2015 Development agenda that is being put forward by the United Nations with its member states. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015, the United Nations undertakes to formulate a new development framework that will be adopted in September 2015 through its General Assembly. 

A dialogue on Financing for Development in Post 2015 was held jointly by VOICE and  Beyond 2015 at the Weekly Ei Shomoy conference room on 13th May 2015. The dialogue was attended by the journalists and members of the civil society which was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad. Dr. Mahbub Ali, Former Secretary Ali Kabir, journalist Dip Azad, Chief Reporter Boishakhi Television, Kawsar Rahman, city editor of Daily Janakantha, Jamal Uddin of Daily Ittefaq, Alison Subrata Baroi, Director, Supro attended the dialogue among others. 

Dialogue on "Financing for Development in Post 2015"

By farjana - Posted on 11 May 2015

A round table dialogue with media on "Financing for Development in Post 2015" will be held at the Saptahik Ei Somoy auditorium (44 Eskaton Garden, ground floor, Ramona, dhaka-1000) on Wednesday, 3:00pm., 13 May 2015. This will discuss the recommendations of the Beyond 2015 position on Financing for Development and will draw the attentation of the journalists to widely disseminate for public interest.   The dialogue is jointly organized by Beyond 2015 and VOICE. 

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