The Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) Project of UNDP in association with the General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission has recently published “Revised Mapping of Ministries/Divisions and Custodian/Partner Agencies for SDG Implementation in Bangladesh”. This report was prepared 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. This important document of national significance on SDGs was unveiled by the Honorable Prime Minister at the second national conference on SDG Implementation Review (SIR) on 16th May 2022. The technical and financial assistance provided by UNDP and UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for preparing this report have been duly recognized and insignia of the both the organizations engraved in the document.
In September 2016, the first mapping handbook “Mapping of Ministries by Targets in the implementation of SDGs aligning with 7th Five Year Plan (2016-20)” was published. This document required to be revisited mainly for the four reasons- 1. Global Indicator Framework has been significantly revised by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD); 2. A number of line ministries in Bangladesh have been divided into several divisions; 3. Goal-wise coordinating ministry/division has been reassigned by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO); 4. This mapping is also synced with the custodianship of the international agencies, which is a new addition to this document.
This revised mapping document has become a national reference document for the Government and Development Partners alike and determined the responsibilities of Ministries/Divisions/Custodian/Partner Agencies by SDG goals, targets, and indicators in one single document for achieving the SDGs targets successfully. The data sources of each indicator have also been incorporated in this document to make it more user friendly.
The report was prepared through a number of consultations workshops with the line ministries/divisions and partner/custodian agencies. The feedback received from the relevant agencies were incorporated in this document. As many as four-day long consultation workshops were held over the period from November 2019 to September 2021 to ensure the inclusivity and depth of the background work for completing this document.
The report was also reviewed and approved by all stakeholder’s national apex committee titled the ‘SDG Implementation and Review Committee’ (SIRC) headed by the Principal Coordinator, SDGs Affairs, PMO.