New York, 13 July 2019:
Planning Minister Muhammad Abdul Mannan MP highlighted the progress of Bangladesh in the Implementation of SDGs under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Today, he was delivering the opening remarks as the Co-Chairs of Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) in its Senior-Level Meeting (SLM) at the UNHQs.
The Speaker of Bangladesh’s National Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP also participated in the event. Both the Minster and the Speaker are staying in New York to participate the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN.
Planning Minister said, “Bangladesh, under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is strongly committed to both SDGs and effective development partnership. The current economic outlook suggests that the country is progressing well towards achieving SDGs. We have been able to reduce the poverty level to 21.8%, which was 40% in 2005. Creating jobs; managing inequalities; ensuring gender parity and inclusiveness; and forging effective partnership with development actors are our strategic approaches for sustaining the growth momentum”.
Referring to the Second High-Level Meeting of GPEDC held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016, the Minister said, “Since Nairobi, Bangladesh as a co-chair has tried its best to make GPEDC an effective platform to realize its mandate. We were part of several dedicated initiatives within GPEDC”. He expressed Bangladesh’s continued commitment to GPEDC and its mandate towards attaining SDGs and urged the member states & the stakeholders to support this unique platform.
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of UN; Jeffrey Schlagenhauf, Deputy Secretary General of OECD; Ms. Ulrika Modeer, Director, UNDP and Vitalice Meja 4th Co-Chair of the Reality of Aid Africa were the other speakers of the opening session. It was moderated by Ms. Julie Gichuru, Kenyan Entrepreneur and Media Personality.
The speakers opined that collective efforts and active regional & global partnerships are needed to realize the mandate of GPEDC and SDGs. They hoped that this SLM will galvanize governments, civil society and other actors into the ‘gear change’ needed to accelerate SDG implementation at the country level and globally.
Besides the member states, there were huge participation from participants from Civil Society, Academies, Private Sectors and Trade Unions at the event.
Among others, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Senior Secretary of Bangladesh’s National Parliament Dr. Zafor Ahmed Khan and Secretary, Economic Relations Division Monowar Ahmed participated the Senior-Level Meeting of GPEDC.