Conference to address youth agenda for SDG on Oct 14

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:06am on September 02, 2018

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Guests attend a media briefing on the upcoming youth conference 2018 at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Saturday. — New Age photo

With three key objectives including enabling of the youth in Bangladesh to accomplish the sustainable development goals by 2030, a youth conference would be held in the capital on October 14.
Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh, its 80 partner organisations along with Department of Youth Development and development partners would organise the conference at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh, organisers said on Saturday.
Centre for Policy Dialogue, as the secretariat of the platform, would conduct the planned conference, said the organisers.
Addressing a news conference at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital, the organisers said that youth organisation representatives, policymakers, government and non-government professionals, politicians, media personalities and students would be focal participants of the conference.
CPD trustee board member and distinguished fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya said that despite constituting one-third of the national population, Bangladeshi youth were still experiencing discrimination in accessing resources, political activism, decent jobs and proper health care.
He said that the youth needed to be free from social menaces like drug addiction and extremism through their inclusion into the country’s development activities.
Transparency International Bangladesh executive director Iftekharuzzaman said that transparency and accountability should be ensured in development activities so that the youth were not deprived from their due stakes.
The scheduled conference would help enhance knowledge about the SDGs among the youth so that they could raise their voices for proper policy formulation and implementation, he said.
A national youth agenda declaration would be brought forward at the conference, targeting the upcoming national election.
Interested participants were requested to register themselves at youthconf18.bdplatform4sdgs.net.