With the support of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project through the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Sweden, and the European Union, the workshop on “Reviewing Progress of Implementation of National SDG Action Plan” was jointly organized by the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) Project and the General Economics Division (GED) on 22 March 2021. Ms. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office, joined the event as Chief Guest while Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), GED, chaired this critical consultation. On behalf of UNDP’s Resident Representative, Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Chief Technical Advisor of SC4SDG Project, delivered a Special Guest speech. With the technical support from the SSIP project (predecessor of SC4SDG project), GED developed a National SDG Action Plan in June 2018 aligning with the 7th Five Year Plan. This Action plan has significant implications for attaining SDGs at the country level as it helped devise projects/programs/actions in line with the Mapping of Ministries/Divisions by SDGs targets. This Action Plan is a living document and requires revisiting to make it consistent with the 8th Five Year Plan of Bangladesh, which has recently been approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) headed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The first of the three planned consultation workshops was held on 29 November 2020, involving 17 large spending ministries/divisions. In the second workshop, 15 ministries /divisions were invited and asked to report their progress against the targets set under the SDG Action Plan. Forty-seven officials from 15 ministries/divisions participated in this consultation. It is worth noting that for the proper implementation of SDGs, ministries/divisions are using this Action Plan as the instrument to achieve their respective goals and targets of the SDGs.
22 March 2021