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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.
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 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.
Speaker emphasized that United Nations must emphasize human rights in the Post 2015 development framework. They also asked that governments should include marginalized communities and women to ensure equal participation and realize gender equality and women rights in the new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015.
Speakers at a seminar urged the government on Saturday to undertake a mechanism to measure the progress towards sustainable development goals (SDGs), their targets and means of implementation.
They also asked the policymakers to introduce a national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process.
"A comprehensive and participatory national review mechanism that will be representative including the members of the legislation helps build national capacity to measure the results," they said.
Bangladesh earn success in achieving MDGs
Bangladesh has made a remarkable success to achieve MDG goals, it still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs. This was revealed at a seminar on ‘Accountability, Monitoring and Review Framework on Post 2015 Agenda’ at the Mymensingh municipality auditorium on Saturday.
The speakers urged the government to undertake a robust accountability mechanism to measure the progress towards SDGs including their targets and means of implementation. They also asked to introduce national sustainable development strategy through a participatory process.
The post 2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality particularly among marginalized groups and improved living conditions.
A large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth and professional bodies attended the seminar, says a press release.
Law sought for protecting privacy, personal data
Speakers in the national convention on 'Privacy Rights Protection' urged the government to enact a data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data.
The convention was organised by rights-based organisations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum, Equity and Justice Working Group, Susashoner Jonno Procharavijan-SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance), Online Knowledge Society, Campaign on Citizens Rights to Information at the National Press Club in the city.
The convention made an outline of a draft 'Data Protection Law'.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE presented the summary of the draft law while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of the Eastern University Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting the law to ensure citizens' rights to privacy.
The speakers said a fresh law has to be enacted to defend privacy rights, as ensured by Article 43 of the Bangladesh Constitution.
Experts and rights activists on Friday demanded a people-centred post 2015 development framework to ensure meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders.
They urged the concerned authorities to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate post 2015 framework to succeed in the Millennium Development Goals, said a press release.
The speakers were present at a conference titled ‘A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens’ Demands and Expectations’ held at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium, jointly organised by rights groups VOICE and Beyond 2015.
In the upcoming 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014, United Nations is going to prepare a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal will end in 2015.
While presenting the keynote paper, VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said the framework should address challenges including increasing rate of consumption, human rights, human security and inequality, climate change, and deteriorating global social cohesion.
The post 2015 framework should have a rights-based approach based on equality, equity and non-discrimination to ensure people’s rights to participate fully in society and decision-making, he said.
The cabinet yesterday approved the National Broadcast Policy-2014, keeping much scope for the government to misuse the policy in the name of maintaining standard of news, programmes and advertisements in the electronic media.
Once in force, all contents of radio and television will come under strict government monitoring.
False, discriminatory and misleading information and statistics must be avoided in news and programmes, according to the draft policy.
Media professionals and experts oppose any policy that may curb the independence of the mass media.
“We expected a cooperative broadcasting policy, not a regulatory one,” said Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, chief editor of Boishakhi television, when asked about the draft.
Some main features of the policy include upholding the spirit of the Liberation War, protecting the country's language, culture and values as well as broadcasting news related to the development.
Briefing reporters, Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan claimed the policy was made to ensure freedom of speech, free flow of information, social responsibility of the media and have independent and responsible mass media flourish.
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The policy will restrict the airing of programmes that satirise national ideals, undermine people and harm the unity and solidarity of the country.
Post-MDG framework, Experts for addressing growing rich-poor gap
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire by 2015, experts in Bangladesh have laid emphasis on addressing the growing inequality between the poor and the rich in the post-2015 framework.
The MDGs were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000 to achieve eight goals by 2015.