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24 February 2021

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 17.16.1" at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Bangladesh on 24-25 February 2021. This training workshop is the first of the eight training workshop series planned for 2021, where the SC4SDG project will be supporting the Government of Bangladesh for the development of the capacity of SDGs Focal Points to generate the metadata for policy coherence.

The workshop was opened by Dr. Samsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division, Ministry of Planning, Government peoples of Bangladesh. Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Chief Technical Advisor, SC4SDG, UNDP and Mr. Mohammad Tajul Islam, Director General (Additional Secretary), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) presented as the Guests of Honour of the workshop. The inaugural session of this auspicious training workshop was chaired by Mr. Md. Mafidul Islam, Chief, General Economics Division (GED). In total, over 30 participants attended the workshop from different ministries/divisions, including the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), General Economics Division (GED), Information Communication and Telecommunication Division (ICTD), Statistics and Informatics Division (SID), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Science and Technology (MST), Ministry of Commerce (MOC), and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

This training workshop primarily focused on strengthening capacity and promoting partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals. This training workshop aimed to provide detailed concepts and methodology on SDG indicator 17.16.1 to enhance the responsible ministries' ability and knowledge for compiling indicator 17.16.1.

Ms. Yuko Suzuki, Global Policy Advisor and Ms. Rebekah Chew, Policy Specialist from UNDP HQ virtually conducted a session on 'Scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 17.16.1' to give an overview of the data collection and validation process, data sources and reporting system of the SDG indicator 17.16.1.

The training workshop provided a space for SDG focal points to acquire and enhance practical knowledge of the 'Multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals' and enhance the capacity of national institutions to generate quality data for the SDG indicator 17.16.1.

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