Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) project in association with the General Economics Division (GED) with the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project through the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Sweden and the European Union jointly organized a consultation workshop on “Inter-Ministerial Consultation on Revised Mapping of Ministries/Divisions and Custodian Agencies for SDGs Implementation: Bangladesh Perspective” with the SDG Focal Points of 58 Ministries/Divisions on 14 March 2021 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka. Ms. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister's Office, and Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative, UNDP, joined the event as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. The inaugural session of this important consultation workshop was chaired by Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), GED. In total, over 80 participants from different Ministries/Divisions/Agencies and UNDP participated in this consultation.
To assign and identify each Ministry/Division’s role for achieving the SDGs successfully, GED with technical and financial support from the SSIP project (predecessor of SC4SDG project) prepared and published a Handbook on ‘‘Mapping of Ministries by Targets in the implementation of SDGs aligning with 7th Five Year Plan (2016-20) in 2016. This mapping handbook has become somewhat outdated and required to revisit as a number of ministries have been divided into two or three divisions, and some new agencies have been created in the government system. Besides, the mapping exercise conducted in 2016 also requires updating to sync with the international agencies' custodianship as they can provide expertise from around the globe in unpacking metadata and technique of generation of new data.
This revised document aspires to figure out the responsibilities of ministries/divisions according to SDG goals, targets, and indicators from one single document so that the working pressure can be eased. It also aims to ensure the availability of quality data and coordinate among ministries and divisions to fast-track data generation for SDGs.
The objective of this workshop was to bring together the SDG Focal Points from different ministries and divisions to sensitize them about the custodianship so that the ministries/divisions/agencies can deliver their assigned tasks in a harmonized way. It is worthy to note that for the proper implementation of SDGs, all the Ministries/Divisions should use this document as the instrument to achieve their respective targets and goals of the SDGs.