The 'Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG)' project of UNDP Bangladesh and 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 the training workshop titled "SDG Metadata and SDMX Template: Exercise on SDG Indicator 14.2.1" on 01-02 September 2021. This is the third of the eight training workshop series planned for 2021. This workshop aims to build the capacity and strengthen the knowledge of the SDGs Focal Points for generating and collecting new data to fill the existing data gap for this newly incorporated indicator – 14.2.1.
The workshop was inaugurated by Ms. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office. In the closing session of this training, we had Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister of Planning, Ministry of Planning as Chief Guest, MS. Mosammat Nasima Begum, Member (Secretary), Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission as the Special Guest of the event, while Mr. Ashekur Rahman, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh joined as Guest of Honor; and the session was chaired by Mr. Md. Mafidul Islam, Chief (Additional Secretary), General Economics Division (GED). In total, 41 participants attended the workshop from different ministries/divisions/agencies, including Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock, Bangladesh Navy, Forest Department, Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh Coast Guard, GED, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Local Government Division, Statistics and Informatics Division, and BBS.
This workshop provided an opportunity to produce, interpret, and utilize the data to monitor and report progress towards SDG indicator 14.2.1. It also explored the data gaps for follow-up activities and reviewed SDG indicator 14.2.1 to align with the country's revised monitoring and evaluation framework. "The training also facilitated hands-on sessions on the methodology, compilation, and interpretation of the SDG 14.2.1 for compiling this indicator. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to gain skills to work on this indicator and train others in their organizations as well as other organizations, and share the good practices learned from this training. Few key recommendations came up in this training workshop such as identification of key actors for SDG 14, engaging other key ministries, departments like Ministry of Fisheries, Key actors who are working in coastal management.
Mr. A Z M Saleh, Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst, UNDP, virtually conducted a session on "Scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 14.2.1" to give an overview of the data collection and validation process, data sources and reporting system of the SDG indicator 14.2.1. Other national resource persons delivered lectures regarding conceptualization and understanding of the indicator
This indicator aims to look beyond just simple marine planning, but to understand the full picture from ridge to reef. The SC4SDG project is happy to collaborate with the government of Bangladesh, especially BBS, and provide technical and financial support to make data available to monitor and evaluate SDG 14 in Bangladesh.
After-action review of the workshop had been taken with the below results