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29 November 2020

The General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission in association with the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) Project organised the first consultation of the series of consultation workshops on "Reviewing Progress of Implementation of National SDG Action Plan" on 29 November 2020 at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Dhaka. Ms. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister's Office and Mr. Ashekur Rahman, Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP joined the event as Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), GED chaired this important consultation. The workshop was attended by 53 officials from 17 ministries/divisions, while representatives from top 12 leading ministries/divisions in terms of Annual Development Programme (ADP) allocation presented their progress against the SDG Action Plan commitment.

The National SDG Action Plan was developed in 2018 with a view to implement the goals and associated targets specified in the SDGs through three consecutive Five Year Plans i.e. 7th, 8th and 9th FYP, in line with the development budget of the Government of Bangladesh. This National SDG Action Plan was supposed to act as the guideline for the ministries/divisions, responsible for the implementation of the global goals in the country, to determine the types of projects/programmes need to be undertaken in a synergized way to attain the targets set in the SDGs by the year 2030.

This document was prepared during the 7th Five Year Plan period. As time evolved, a number of new challenges, for example, LDC graduation and Covid-19 crisis, have emerged that may make SDGs implementation challenging. Currently, Bangladesh is in the process of finalization of the 8th Five Year Plan, the development blueprint of the country. All these developments warrant a thorough review of the existing Action Plan to pave the path for the development of the next version of the Action Plan in alignment with the 8th Five Year Plan. Since this Action Plan is a living document, it will be further revisited before the preparation of the 9th Five Year Plan.

A number of consultations of this series will be organized with other ministries and divisions to review the existing National SDG Action Plan as well as to develop the next version of the plan in accordance with the 8th Five Year Plan.