2022-12-01

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'Public-private partnership needed for successful implementation of SDGs' – Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh submitted the second Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs in 2020, even amid the pandemic

Bangladesh is keen to work with the international community and the multilateral system to achieve leaving no one behind goals of SDGs, underpinning the sustainable socioeconomic impact and continuing public-private partnerships. 
During the inauguration of Sustainability Day, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Wednesday said: “Bangladesh will continue to promote sustainable growth, solidarity, peace and justice. Bangladesh remains keen to work with the international community and the multilateral system to this end.”
In association with Brac Bank, UN Global Compact Network Bangladesh observed Sustainability Day on November 23.
Sustainability Day is observed to focus on collective effort in the society to drive sustainability and achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). 
The observance underpins public-private partnerships in the sustainability journey to create socioeconomic impact.
Farooq Sobhan, representative of the UN Global Compact Network Bangladesh GCNB), among others, spoke at the event marking “Sustainability Day 2022”.
Before the pandemic, Bangladesh was on the right track to implement the SDGs by 2030 and Bangladesh has undertaken a "whole of society" approach to accelerate the SDG implementation.
Even during the pandemic, Bangladesh submitted the second Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs in 2020.
The state minister called upon everyone to work together to unlock newer opportunities for a better and prosperous future for all including the generations ahead; leaving no one behind.
Shahriar Alam also said: “The ‘Partnership for Goals' is important for the successful implementation of SDGs and the SDG Goal 17 on international cooperation is crucial in this regard.”
He also added: “To sustain our sustainable growth trajectory, we want to forge effective partnerships locally, regionally and internationally with development partners, civil societies and private sectors.” 
He underscored Bangladesh's strong conviction that the SDG 16 on peace and inclusive societies is to be fully implemented globally to reap its benefits.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace, justice and inclusion breaks new ground in development thinking, he said.
The state minister said Bangladesh is strongly committed to achieve the sustainable development goals.
“Now that we are aiming for a sustainable recovery from the impact of the pandemic, well-coordinated transformative actions are needed to restore our progress of SDGs implementation. We need to accelerate our efforts on all levels and by all stakeholders to fulfill the Agenda 2030,” he said.
“As one of the champions of the UN Secretary General's ‘Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG)', Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also been working with other global leaders to chart a durable way out of the existing food and energy crisis situation due to conflicts worldwide,” he was speaking as the chief guest at the program.

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