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Call to form participatory, inclusive nat'l implementation plan for SDGs

By farjana - Posted on 15 October 2015

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.

Speakers Demanded to Form a Participatory and Inclusive National Implementation Plan for SDGs

By farjana - Posted on 14 October 2015

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[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.

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. 

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.