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 a consultation on Revised Mapping of Ministries/Divisions and Custodian Agencies for SDGs Implementation: Bangladesh Perspective on 22 September 2021.
The consultation brought together government representatives from multiple agencies such as BBS, as well as from various UN agencies such as UNRCO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNDP, and others. Mr. Shimul Sen, Senior Assistant Chief, gave a presentation on the issue. The main discussion centred around which agencies would take responsibilities for each of the indicators of the SDGs. Each individual indicator was discussed as a group, with opinions taken on which agencies should lead and which should be the partner agencies from both the UN and development partner side and the government side. Especially pertinent to the discussion was the point regarding which agencies should be the custodian for indicators where the global custodian was an agency does not present in Bangladesh (such as OECD, for example). The UNRCO representatives made special mention of the fact that they are ready to help with coordination between different agencies as well as capacity building activities.
After all the indicators were discussed, the closing ceremony was held. The session was chaired by Mr. Mafidul Islam, Chief, GED. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Planning, was present as the Chief Guest. Ms. Van Nguyen, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, was present as the Guest of Honor. Ms. Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator, SDG Affairs, PMO, and Ms. Mosammat Nasima Begum, Member (Secretary), Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, Bangladesh Planning Commission, were present as Special Guests.
In the closing ceremony, the speakers alluded to the Honorable Prime Minister recently getting the SDG Progress award, and stressed on the importance of all agencies working together effectively to achieve the SDG. They stressed that everyone’s contributions will be crucial to this end. They also mentioned how the SDGs are closely aligned with the country’s current Eight Five Year Plan.
Closing remarks from the key participants are as follows: