Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen is visiting India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Dr S Jaishankar. He will attend the G20 Development Ministers’ Meeting under the G20 Indian Presidency which will end on June 13 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Dr Momen is expected to make interventions in different sessions of DMM on June 12, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Union Minister of External Affairs Dr S. Jaishankar will chair the meeting. Read: Bangladesh, UN to work closely to achieve SDGs The Varanasi Development Ministers’ Meeting takes place amidst mounting developmental challenges that have been further aggravated by economic slowdown, debt distress, impacts of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, growing poverty and inequality, food and energy insecurity, cost-of-living crisis, global supply-chain disruptions, and geo-political conflicts and tensions. The G20 Development Ministerial meeting will be an opportunity to collectively agree on actions for accelerating achievement of the SDGs and foster synergies between the development, environment and climate agendas while avoiding costly trade-offs that hold back progress for the developing countries, according to MEA. The meeting follows the Voice of the Global South Summit that was hosted by India in January 2023, and the decisions taken at the Varanasi meeting will also contribute to the United Nations SDG Summit which will take place in September in New York. Read: Awami League's policy unchanged despite allowing Jamaat rally: Home Minister The meeting will consist of two main sessions, one on "Multilateralism: Collective Actions for Accelerating Progress towards SDGs” and another on "Green Development: A LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) Approach”. The Development Ministers’ Meeting was preceded by the fourth and final Development Working Group (DWG) Meeting, which was held in Delhi from June 6-9. The DWG, while building on the crucial work done by previous G20 presidencies, has carried forward its mandate of enhancing G20's contribution to accelerating progress towards SDGs and strengthening G20 long-term vision in this regard including by strengthening G20 efforts towards fostering sustainable, inclusive and resilient economic growth. Cultural programmes, exhibitions and excursions have also been organized to provide the delegates a glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world. Read more: With G20 event, India seeks to project normalcy in disputed Kashmir A total of 200 delegates are expected to attend the meeting.
Bangladesh and two other countries – Afghanistan and Cote d’Ivoire have progressed the most on the SDGs Index score since the adoption of the 2030 global agenda in 2015, according to the Sustainable Development Report 2021. The report was launched on Monday by the Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN). The report said East and South Asia has progressed more on the SDGs than any other region, both since 2010 and since the adoption of the goals in 2015. By contrast, the three countries that have declined the most are Venezuela, Tuvalu and Brazil. READ: Utilise SDGs as a framework to address youth agenda: Dialogue However, the global average SDG index score has decreased for the first time since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015. The global decline in performance, including in OECD countries, was driven to a large extent by increased poverty rates and unemployment in 2020. In the report, Bangladesh has been ranked 109th with an overall score of 63.5 in the 2021 SDG index. Finland has been ranked 1st with 85.9 score. The four other countries in the top five positions are Sweden (85.6), Denmark (84.9), Germany (82.5) and Belgium (82.2). READ: SDGs: 'Youth voice missing in policy process' In South Asia, Bhutan (70) is in 75th position, Maldives (69.3) in 79th, Sri Lanka (68.1) in 87th position, Nepal (66.5) in 96th, India (60.1) in 120th, Pakistan (57.7) in 129th, and Afghanistan (53.9) in 137th position.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday put forward three suggestions before the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G), including strengthening campaign about its action-oriented approach by engaging more financiers, innovators, policymakers and creative entrepreneurs in its focus areas. “P4G needs to campaign more about its action-oriented approach, engaging more financiers, innovators, policymakers and creative entrepreneurs in the five P4G focus areas (food, water, energy, cities and circular economy), and share best practices,” she said in her recorded statement played in the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit. The two-day summit is being held on the theme of ‘Inclusive Green Recovery towards Carbon Neutrality’ in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, aiming to position P4G as a delivery mechanism to build back better and greener in this decade of action. Also read: Bangladesh has to keep friendship with all to attain development: PM The second suggestion Sheikh Hasina placed is the need for a whole-of-world attitude in addition to a whole-of-society approach for achieving green growth and global goals 2030. Placing the third suggestion, she said, “We, the participating leaders in the P4G Summit, need to work more closely towards a greener future for our next generation.” In the statement, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh’s key focus is to promote locally-led adaptation solutions to address the adverse impact of climate change. “As the chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum-CVF and the host to the South Asian office of Global Centre on Adaptation, Bangladesh’s key focus is to uphold the interests of the climate vulnerable countries and promote locally-led adaptation solutions,” she said. The Prime Minister said water, an area of work for P4G, is one of the most valuable assets of Bangladesh. “So, we’ve adopted a 100-year sustainable development plan styled as Delta Plan 2100 that focuses on efficient use and preservation of water.” She said Bangladesh is the first LDC to establish a ‘Climate Change Trust Fund’ from its own resources. “Every year we spend about 5 billion US dollars on climate adaptation and mitigation measures.” Bangladesh, a member of the P4G, pursues a low carbon development path. “Our National Solar Energy Action Plan 2021-2041 predicts generation of up to 40 Giga Watt of renewable energy by 2041,” she added. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh, the second largest exporter of readymade garments, is exploring efficient options of circular fashion and textiles as part of the overall circular economy. “Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic with its many challenges, we’ve the opportunity to build back better through inclusive green recovery and green growth,” she said. The second P4G summit is expected to culminate in the adoption of the Seoul Declaration, and will serve as a stepping stone towards the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP 26). The P4G global initiative was launched in 2017 to accelerate the response to climate change and implementation of the SDGs. Also read: SDGs: 'Youth voice missing in policy process' UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany Angela Markel, South Korean Prime Minister Charles Michel, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Chile President Sebastian Piñera, among other world leaders, spoke at the virtual Leaders’ Session of the summit.
The recent remittance inflow went up in Bangladesh amid the coronavirus pandemic due to coming through a formal channel instead of informal process.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation have co-created Youth Co:Lab as a platform for young entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through innovative business solutions.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian on Tuesday said that the country will be free of child labour within 2025 according to the target of the sustainable development goals (SDG).
Despite significant progress in recent years, Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriage in South Asia and ranks among 10 countries in the world with the highest levels, said UNICEF on Wednesday.
The Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) at NSU and the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia will jointly organise a webinar on October 1.