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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. 

Speakers emphasized inclusive participation in the Post 2015 Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 25 April 2015

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 spoke in the seminar `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ held on 25h April 2015 at the Satkhira Press Club, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Beyond 2015 while the seminar was presided over by eminent educationist Abdul Hamid. Among others, Nazrul Islam, Mayor, Satkhira Municipality, Nityananda Sarker, General Secretary of district teacher’s association, and Madhob Dutta, executive director of Sadesh spoke at the seminar.  

Speakers demanded ensure right to privacy and data protection law in the national convention

By farjana - Posted on 01 January 2015

[Dhaka, 31 December 2014] Speakers in the national convention on ‘Privacy Rights Protection’ called the government to enact data protection law to secure privacy rights and personal data.  The convention was organized by rights based organizations VOICE and Privacy International, in association with 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, Dhaka. 

The convention proposed a draft “Data Protection Law”. The summary of the draft law has been presented by Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE while Advocate Tanzim Islam and a law department teacher of Eastern university Saimum Reza Piash highlighted some points of the draft and called for enacting to ensure citizens’ right to privacy.. 

Speakers stressed to formulate data protection

By farjana - Posted on 29 November 2014

[29 November 2014] Speakers stressed to formulate data protection law to uphold right to privacy and personal information protection from abuse. A press briefing organized by VOICE, a rights group, was held at the TMSS’s Usha conference room at Bogra yesterday (Saturday).  

In the statement, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE said that information is increasingly being made more easily available electronically via the Internet, often without the consent of the individual. He expressed concerns over the increased nature of surveillance in the society that creates fear among citizens and undermines the democratic practices and norms. He emphasized to hold agencies accountable for not being protecting right to privacy of the citizens. Drawing the examples of mobile phone companies, internet service providers and government service agencies for telecommunication, he stressed to formulate data privacy policy to protect citizens’ right to privacy. He also said the citizens shall have the privacy to his correspondence and other means of communication as per Article 43 of the Constitution. Any personal data collected by state agencies and private companies should be preserved by their respective privacy policies. He urged to take necessary action for formulating a data privacy law. 

Lecture on Privacy and Communication Surveillance

By farjana - Posted on 28 October 2014

A lecture on Privacy and Communication Surveillance held on 26 October 2014 at the premises of Rajshahi University. The lecture program was jointly organized by VOICE and Muktodhara Network, Rajshahi. Salim Reza Newton and Manun Haidar from Mass Communication & Journalism Department and Bokhtiar Ahmed from Anthropology department spoke in the event.

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud provides the insights on privacy drawing examples and briefly explain about the country situation.
Salim Reza Newton points out the implication of ICT Act on right to privacy. He said the ICT Act (amendment) has increased the possibilities of surveillance to online communication within legal frameworks.

Manun Haidar indicates that the country does not have any data protection law, anyone can be the victim of misuse of the surveillance.

Speakers emphasized to formulate data privacy policy and urged citizens to hold accountable to the government for any interception n surveillance. The lecture ended with question answer by the students.

STRENGTHENING THE POST-2015 AGENDA – VOICES OF EXPERIENCE FROM THE FRONT LINE

By farjana - Posted on 28 September 2014

Civil society organisations challenge UN representatives and Member States to be more ambitious in defining a transformative post-2015 agenda. ‘The post-2015 agenda must aim higher.’ This was the message shared by civil society representatives from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific, at an event held during the week of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday 24 September 2014, organised by the Beyond 2015 global campaign, and hosted by the Governments of Bangladesh, Colombia, Kiribati and Sweden. 

The current post-2015 proposal includes 17 goals and 169 targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. These will serve as a universal global agenda for the period 2015-2030. Around the world, civil society organisations and community groups including those involved in Beyond 

2015, are calling for world leaders to aim higher for an ambitious post-2015 agenda. Particular areas where Beyond 2015 is urging for a higher level of ambition include human rights and equality, climate change, environmental sustainability, people’s participation, and peace and security. 

PRESS RELEASE: Speakers demanded a people-centred Post 2015 development framework

By farjana - Posted on 19 September 2014

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[Dhaka, 19 September 2014] Speakers demanded a people-centred Post 2015 development framework ensuring the meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders where civil society in the process leading up to Post 2015 Summit. 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014 that is to commence next week in New York focuses on the theme “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”. United Nations is preparing a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015. Speakers also urged to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate Post 2015 framework to success the Millennium Development Goals.  

The press conference titled “A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda : Citizens’ Demands and Expectations” was held today ( Friday) in city’s Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium organized by a rights group VOICE and Beyond 2015. President of Karmajibi Nari and former senior research fellow of BIDS Pratima Paul Majumder, Executive Director of VOICE Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Director of Supro and also the member of Beyond 2015 Alison Subrata Baroi, Chief executive of Online Knowledge Centre Prodip Kumar Roy spoke before the press.

Speakers demanded reduce inequality in the Post 2015 Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 24 May 2014

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A national seminar on `Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ has been held on 24 May at National Press Club, Dhaka while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, students. Organzied by VOICE, a rights based organization and Beyond 2015, the seminar was presided over by eminent economist Dr. Kazi Khaliquzzaman while Rustom Ali Foraji, MP, Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE spoke at the seminar among others. Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE presented a key discussion paper. 

Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Rights and Participation

By farjana - Posted on 19 May 2014

A public dialogue on `Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Right and Participation’ has been held on 3 May 2014 at Bogra in the Municipality auditorium while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth, lawyers and cultural groups. Nurul Islam Omar, Member of Parliament attended the occasion as Chief Guest while Abdul Latif Mondal, President of Bangladesh Union Parishad Chairman Association  presided over the meeting. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE and also the executive member of Beyond 2015, which is a global CSO platform working on the post 2015 development agenda was present as Key discussant in the program. It wa smoderated by KGM Faruque, executive director of PAVE-Bogra.

Speakers Emphasized Women’s Rights to include in the Post Development Framework

By farjana - Posted on 17 May 2014

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United Nations must emphasize women rights in the Post 2015 development framework, urged Meher Afroz Chumki, State Minister, Women and Child Affairs of Bangladesh. She also demanded that government should include gender equality and women rights as priority area in 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. 

The State Minister attended the roundtable titled `Post Development Framework: Women’s Rights and Participation’ on 17th May at Channel I premises in Dhaka, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Shaptahik while it was moderated by Golam Mortuza, editor of Shaptahik .  

 

Speakers stated that the United Nations has been reviewing the impact of the Millennium Development Goals and preparing post 2015 development framework while women’s rights need to get more focus. It is time for the government of Bangladesh, to strive for new goals. These goals should guarantee not just a decent living wage, but also equality between women and men, a voice in the political and economic decision making, and a right to live dignified lives.