Post 2015 goals should be people-centred: discussion

Staff Correspondent

Experts and rights activists on Friday demanded a people-centred post 2015 development framework to ensure meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders.
They urged the concerned authorities to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate post 2015 framework to succeed in the Millennium Development Goals, said a press release.
The speakers were present at a conference titled ‘A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens’ Demands and Expectations’ held at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium, jointly organised by rights groups VOICE and Beyond 2015.
In the upcoming 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014, United Nations is going to prepare a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal will end in 2015.
While presenting the keynote paper, VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said the framework should address challenges including increasing rate of consumption, human rights, human security and inequality, climate change, and deteriorating global social cohesion.
The post 2015 framework should have a rights-based approach based on equality, equity and non-discrimination to ensure people’s rights to participate fully in society and decision-making, he said.
Karmajibi Nari president Pratima Paul Majumder said the UN should emphasise on women’s rights and global resource constraints in the post 2015 development framework.
Director of Supro and also member of Beyond 2015, Alison Subrata Baroi said that progressive taxation and tax governance could be a way out of challenges, mobilising ones’ own resources to finance development in the post 2015 period.
The conference was attended by, among others, Online Knowledge Centre chief executive Prodip Kumar Roy.

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