South Asia opens forum to accelerate SDGs

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 23:23, Dec 09,2019


The third South Asia Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Government of Bangladesh on Sunday opened a forum, underscoring the need for accelerated action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Bangladesh government, think-tanks and civil society participants from eight South Asian countries noted that with 25 per cent of the world’s population, the sub-region has a larger share of 36 per cent of all people living in extreme poverty and hunger in the globe.

Principal coordinator for SDG affairs of the Prime  Minister’s Office Abul Kalam Azad highlighted that the forum would provide a great opportunity to all the South Asian countries to share their experiences and to discuss ways to overcome the challenges and strengthen the means of implementation.

ESCAP director for South and South-West Asia Office Nagesh Kumar dwelt on the need for accelerated action on achieving the SDGs in South Asia, said a press release.

Economic Relations Division secretary Monowar Ahmed highlighted the ambitious nature of the SDGs, which could not be achieved in isolation and needed strong regional cooperation among all stakeholders and actors.

UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo drew attention to the challenges related to climate change and resilience.

One of the greatest challenges has been to eradicate all forms of poverty and reduce all forms of violence and conflicts, she said.

Seppo further highlighted that many sections of the people are marginalised and vulnerable with differential access to common resources.

The forum serves as the South Asia sub regional preparatory process for the 7th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) to be held in March 2020.

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