News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government will continue to provide policy support and funding to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the best use of money must be ensured to prevent wastage.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while virtually joining Ganobhaban on the occasion of 'Second National Conference on SDG Implementation Review, 2022' at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital on Monday morning.
The Prime Minister said, "I believe that if we all work together, we will be able to achieve the set goals before 2030 and before 2041 to build the hunger-poverty-free and prosperous Bangladesh of the dream of the father of the nation."
Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has not only adopted SDG as a global development concept, but has also started the process of formulating this global target to suit its own reality which has come to be known as SDG Localization. Under this program, out of 16 targets, 39 indicators have been identified as 'SDG Priority Areas' for Bangladesh. At the same time, considering the reality of each district and upazila, one additional indicator has been fixed.
Expressing hope, the Prime Minister said that this priority list would enable speedy and successful implementation of SDGs in all government departments at district, upazila and local level, and would accelerate the pace of ongoing development of the country.
The Prime Minister said we have been on the path of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for seven years. In the last two years, the pace of SDG implementation has slowed down due to the Kovid-19 global epidemic. But we are working to the best of our ability.
He said the economy was returning to a positive trend due to timely incentive package and appropriate policy support from the government. It is difficult to ensure that the SDGs are on track in a timely manner, but I believe that it is possible to reach the goal through accurate and innovative action plans and effective monitoring systems.
The Prime Minister said that the Second National Conference for Review of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was very significant. Will be
Highlighting the government's initiative to ensure housing for the homeless and landless, the Prime Minister said, "By April 2022, we have made 1 lakh 83 thousand 3 homeless families home all over the country." Also, we have relocated 640 climate refugee families to new homes in Cox's Bazar; By 2023, a total of 4,409 climate refugee families will get new homes.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her commitment to ensure housing for every citizen of the country.
Planning Minister MA Mannan presided over the conference from the sidelines of Bangabandhu International Conference Center. State Minister for Planning Shamsul Alam spoke as the special guest.